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The Third Session of the Eleventh National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Third Session of the Eleventh Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) was end on 14 March in Beijing. The two sessions are the most important political events in China. This time, the Internet plays an outstanding role in both promoting democratic politics and reporting the latest news.

In the first place, the Internet has become a bridge for the high-level decision makers to know the opinions from grassroots. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao talked online with public before the opening of Two Sessions. He had a two-hour online chat with netizens jointly hosted by the central government website and the Xinhua website. The discussed issues ranged from education, employment to housing. In addition, CPPCC members in Beijing opened the video camera and sat at a computer screen for video dialogue.

Apart from the central government, different provinces adapt to the Internet platform in the political process. For example, Anhui and Hunan provinces incorporated ‘the online public opinions’ into their provincial government work reports. Many deputies of the Two Sessions also set up their ‘Micro blog stalls’, which offers a ‘zero distance’ for netizens to ask questions. Moreover, millions of netizens also open micro-blog (it is similar as Twitter) to participate in the Two Sessions and discuss proposals. The major Chinese websites such as People’s Daily and Xinhua Net provided with BBS, blogs, online surveys and SMS to interact with netizens. Here are two links to the Two Sessions Section in Global Times and People’s Daily. Meanwhile, it is a way for grassroots to monitor the proposals raised by deputies. Actually, there are certain numbers of proposals which are regarded as meaningless, and criticised by netizens strictly. It is like that deputies attend meetings in Beijing, while netizens held discussions on micro-blog.

Obviously, more voices from different social groups could be heard by means of using e-mail, blog, and micro-blog. It offers a better channel to understand more views and wishes, and some conflicts in society. To some extent, the Internet improves and encourages political participation in China.

In addition, the Internet also changes the pattern that how journalists report the Two Sessions. Most Chinese websites set up a special section for the Two Sessions. Some launch the on live video report to deliver the latest news, and ask netizens to give feedbacks. With the wide application of the mobile newspapers and videos, mobile phones take a significant role to provide the political news. For instance, Xinhua Net opened its mobile newspaper with the theme of ‘Let us have Two Sessions on phone’. The CMMB hand-hold TV is a new platform to report news. Compared with traditional televisions, the CMMB televisions are easy to take, without territory limitations and do not need any wires. These advantages make CMMB as a unique distribute channel which provides audience with different experience. CCTV channels, local TV channels, and international radio stations all deliver their programmes to the CMMB TV.

On the one side, deputies for NPC&CPPCC need pay attention to online opinions, and journalists also collect latest information from the Internet to report. On the other side, it is still necessary for journalists to report politics in traditional approaches, such as focusing on investigation and write in-depth features, and reflect the livelihoods of people at the grassroots.