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One Minute: Defense, smoking ban and Yao Ming distraction

[2015-03-04 14:51]

As two sessions get underway, an increased defense budget, new cybersecurity and environmental rules, smoke-free sessions, male stewards, distracting celebrities and bet speculations make their appearance.

Press conference at Great Hall

[2015-03-04 13:12]

Fu Ying, spokesperson for the third session of China's 12th National People's Congress addresses the press conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, March 4, 2015.

NPC spokeswoman hints at 10% rise in defense budget

[2015-03-04 10:35]

China's defence budget this year is expected to increase by about 10 percent compared with 2014, the spokeswoman for the country's parliament says.

Banks should change their profit earning model: regulator

[2015-03-04 09:08]

Commercial banks must overhaul their profit models from traditional ones to address the narrowing interest margin, urged Shang Fulin, Chairman of China Banking Regulatory Commission.

Courting change in China's judiciary

[2015-03-04 09:00]

The nation's legal eagles are assessing a series of far-reaching reforms to the legal system designed to improve the service and allow judges greater independence when hearing cases and reaching verdicts, as Cao Yin reports.

Daily snapshots of two sessions

[2015-03-04 07:49]

Former NBA player Yao Ming, also a delegate, arrives at the opening ceremony of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, March 3, 2015.

Advisers vow to boost reform drive

[2015-03-04 03:32]

China's top political advisory body vowed on Tuesday to improve the quality of its proposals to better serve the country's reform drive.

'Smart livelihood' promoted

[2015-03-04 08:23]

Ma Huateng, chief executive officer of Tencent Holdings, said on Tuesday that his suggestions will focus on market penetration and the use of the mobile Internet to improve people's livelihood.