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Dear TV reporter covering the Fourth Plenum,

A correspondent waits to be asked to show his press credentials

A correspondent waits to be asked to show his press credentials, while filming a bit about the economy

I took part in the Beijing Marathon over the weekend, and am now suffering from respiratory problems. Do you think the city government will pay for my medical care if the problem was caused by the pollution?

Yours breathlessly,
Jing

TV reporter covering the Fourth Plenum says:

Well, I’m now standing outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, where China’s fourth plenum began yesterday. What we know about this meeting of elite Party members is that it will last four days, and it is an absolutely key law-making session… Back to you in the studio, John.

Dear TV reporter covering the Fourth Plenum,

I recently enjoyed a most delicious dish at a Chinese restaurant recently, but stupidly didn’t catch the name. I wondered if you could help me identify it: it featured a spicy sauce, contained pork and was served with rice

Yours hungrily,
Gourmand, aghast

TV reporter covering the Fourth Plenum says:

It’s the third day of this elite meeting in Beijing and, so far, there’s been little sign of any activity in any of the buildings behind me. Earlier, a man did walk past with a dog. He could have been security for the meeting; he could have been just giving his dog an early morning walk. We simply don’t know.

Dear TV reporter covering the Fourth Plenum,

My boss requires me to work evenings and weekends for the last four months on a new work “project.” However, I suspect this is merely a plot hatched to drain my life-giving qi, in order for him to bamboozle and steal my wife and daughter from me. Do you know which spells I should use to counteract him?

Yours truly,
Hard-working businessman

TV reporter covering the Fourth Plenum says:

Thanks, John. The leadership indicated before this plenum began that it will focus on strengthening the law to ensure China’s economic growth and stability. Whether that means a further tightening of this administration’s campaign against all forms of dissent, or an increased measure of independence for the country’s judiciary, the answer is – we simply haven’t been told.

Dear TV reporter covering the Fourth Plenum

We recently invited our in-laws to join us for a home-cooked dinner: that was nearly three weeks ago! My wife’s father has since set up a small home office in our spare bedroom to handle his business faxes and phone calls, and her mother has been cooking for 14 straight hours. I love them both dearly, but this is getting too much! How do I politely get rid of them?

TV reporter covering the Fourth Plenum says:

Some excitement now, as Beijing just issued a 10-line communiqué outlining the conclusions of this four-day, closed-door plenum. The statement mentions plans to establish a centralized anti-corruption bureau, although how or when is not clear. Over the controversial issue of land ownership, the government merely says it will “play a decisive role for allocating and protecting resources, and improving its role.” What does that mean exactly – only time will tell. John?

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