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China netizens unmoved by NPC
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on March 16, 2007
As China's National People's Congress wraps up its annual session, the BBC's Beijing bureau gathered a selection of comments from bloggers and chatrooms across China, suggesting not all ordinary citizens are impressed by their leaders' orchestrated display.

BLOGGER "LONELY WATER"

"Every year, the NPC deputies' proposals talk about resolving Beijing's traffic problem. According to the NPC procedure, the government should reply to those proposals. But that is just a show. The traffic problem hasn't been resolved. The NPC delegates are not people's representatives. They don't represent people's interests. Why should we have such an event every year? You are not the representatives of the people. You are the tools of political struggle."

CHATROOM GUEST "WYGHYN"

"The property law? I'm afraid it could be an ineffectual law. We are not short of laws in this country, but these laws are used to rule those who have nothing, and they serve the officials and the rich."

BLOGGER "NO CHANGE"

"The NPC in my eyes: journalists are most active during the NPC, traffic is the worst, public environment is very orderly, the government report is most attractive. But the same problems are repeated year after year. Issues like agriculture, healthcare, education and housing appear every year (on the agenda). But every year we get these problems too."

CHATROOM GUEST "FIVE GENERATIONS"

"Grand opening ceremony, successful closing ceremony. A few days of heated scenes, a year of quietness. Deputies dine and drink on money from the people, while paying lip-service to devoting their lives to the people."

BLOGGER "LAO MO"

"If you are well-known, either because of fame or money, you can be elected as some political figure, just like TV presenter Sally Wu, who was elected as a deputy of Guangdong political consultative conference. Under such logic, we netizens should have our own representative in the NPC, since we have such a great number of fellow netizens in this country. I strongly recommend three internet celebrities - Sister Furong, Mu Zimei and Song Zude [online celebrities famous for their explicit and outrageous sexual openness]. Without them, there won't be a harmonious network with socialist market economy characteristics."

CHATROOM GUEST "LIU HOUSEHOLD COURTYARD"

"Premier Wen Jiabao says he cares about people's life, but the local officials care about their own political life."

CHATROOM GUEST "ACHING HEART"

"With the property law, finally, I won't be afraid of losing my bicycle. If I lose it, if it is still in China, it still belongs to me according to the law."

The names of the contributors have been changed.




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