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Calls for Budgeting Reform Escalate as Discontent Builds

The deputies' disapproval reflects their mounting discontent over China's budgeting system. Since the founding of the People's Republic of China, the NPC had never rejected a government report.

China's Constitution clearly stipulates that reviewing and supervising the budget report should top the agenda of the annual NPC meeting; also, it is the most important means for the Congress to exercise its statutory rights, whose significance far exceeds examining the government work report.

However, in recent years, the awkward silence in the conference hall when it comes time for the NPC to examine the budget offers a prime indication of many deputies' indifference to the report. To demonstrate their discontent over China's budgeting system, this year many deputies voted against the report or abstained from voting.

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