Female Participation Soars to 7% at 2014 National People’s Congress

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
CPPCC delegates

BEIJING — This year’s National People’s Congress made history as over 7% of the deputies were women, a 2% increase on 2008. The 213 female deputies represent the highest level of female participation in Chinese political history, with the exception of 1993 when the all-female staff of tea refillers was included in the statistics.

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Uneasy Silence Hangs over Old Peking as Politburo Rides out of Town

Monday, March 17, 2014
Old Peking

BEIJING — Announcing that “there’s more folks needing our help out yonder,” Wang “The East is Red” Qishan, the most infamous member of the Politburo Posse, mounted his horse and lit out for parts unknown, sources confirmed Sunday.

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“The Rains of Castamere” Heard Playing in Great Hall of the People

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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Knives Removed from Uyghur NPC Deputies’ Banquet Table

Thursday, March 6, 2014
Banquet table

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Top 10 Cosplays of CommieCon 2013

Sunday, March 17, 2013
Top 10 Cosplays of CommieCon 2013

This year’s CommieCon, held in Beijing from March 5-17, was a smashing success! Thanks to all who came. There were some great panels and performances, but the highlight of the convention, of course, was the cosplay competition. Here are our top 10.

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Shortage of Rubber Stamps Threatens to Derail National People’s Congress

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Deputy at National People's Congress

BEIJING — After a smooth and successful first week, the National People’s Congress could be derailed by a sudden shortage in the supply of rubber stamps. According to official sources, a freighter carrying rubber stamps made specifically for congress use has capsized in the Bohai Sea, threatening to disrupt the brisk pace of the meetings.

Deputies are concerned that without those stamps, they will not be able to silently acquiesce to predetermined policy decisions as efficiently.

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United Front Stages Unprecedented Filibuster at National People’s Congress

Saturday, March 9, 2013
National People's Congress

BEIJING — Emboldened by U.S. Senate Republicans, deputies from the United Front, a coalition of minor Chinese democratic parties, staged an unprecedented filibuster at the National People’s Congress Thursday morning to delay Xi Jinping’s nomination for the presidency.

Led by China Democratic League deputy Zhou Qian, members from the popular front spoke for more than 48 hours straight before yielding the floor this morning.

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Wen Jiabao Awkwardly Trying to Keep Diamond-Studded Rolex under His Sleeve

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Wen Jiabao

BEIJING — Wen Jiabao (pictured above) spent most of today fidgeting awkwardly in his seat, trying to keep his diamond-studded Rolex watch out of sight of the cameras, for fear of stoking rumors that he and his family are fabulously wealthy.

According to sources, Wen was shaken by the recent trend of Chinese netizens using Weibo to publicize and shame official extravagance but didn’t want to look penurious in front of his colleagues.

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NPC Deputy Caught Trying to Smuggle Ideas into Political Meeting

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
NPC Deputy Caught Trying to Smuggle Ideas into Political Meeting

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Xi Jinping Pulls All-Nighter to Finish NPC Work Report

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Xi Jinping

BEIJING — An exhausted Xi Jinping was seen stumbling up the steps of the Great Hall of the People after pulling an all-nighter to finish the National People’s Congress Standing Committee work report, to be delivered today.

Xi told reporters before the meeting that the report would have taken him less time but that he hadn’t done the assigned reading, which included “long and boring tracts” like Das Kapital and last year’s NPC Standing Committee work report.

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