NPC Snippets: Natural gas supply to be ramped up

 Delegates at first session of the 13th National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on March 5, 2018.
Delegates at first session of the 13th National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on March 5, 2018.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Natural gas supply to be ramped up

BEIJING • The head of China's top economic planning body said yesterday that a natural gas shortage caused by winter demand for heating had ended, with the country ensuring future supply through measures such as building pipelines and storage.

China will speed up the construction of a network of pipelines to connect all regions, Mr He Lifeng, chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, told a news conference in Beijing.

China will also ramp up the construction of gas storage in cities, making sure storage can hold at least 10 days of supply, Mr He said.


Chongqing still purging Bo Xilai's legacy: Official

BEIJING • Five years after the charismatic and high-profile former Communist Party boss of the Chinese metropolis of Chongqing was jailed for life for graft, the city has yet to fully root out his "evil legacy", its top official said yesterday.

Bo Xilai, once seen as a contender for the top leadership in the world's second-largest economy, was jailed in 2013 for bribery, corruption and abuse of power. Another party boss, Sun Zhengcai, was charged with bribery last month.

"They both are the source of the pollution of the political ecology," current party boss Chen Min'er said. "The evil legacy of Bo Xilai's thinking has yet to be purged, so we must purge it together with the pernicious influence of Sun Zhengcai."


Defence spending hike proportionate: Paper

BEIJING • China's increase in military spending for this year, the biggest rise in three years, was proportionate and low, and Beijing had not been goaded into an arms race with the US, state media said yesterday.

China on Monday unveiled an 8.1 per cent rise in defence spending at the opening of Parliament. In an editorial, the official China Daily said that the figure had prompted "finger-pointing from the usual suspects".

"China's defence budget is neither the largest in size - it accounts for just one-fourth of the military spending of the United States - nor does it have the fastest growth rate," said the English-language newspaper.

"And if calculated in per capita terms, China's military lags well behind other major countries."


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 07, 2018, with the headline 'NPC Snippets'. Subscribe