Live: Premier Li Keqiang delivers gov’t work report at 12th NPC session
China.org.cn presents you a live coverage of the opening ceremony of the third session of China’s 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) at 9:00 am on March 5, 2015. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang delivers the government work report at the meeting.
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Highlights of China’s gov’t work report for 2015
Following are highlights of the Chinese government work report delivered by Premier Li Keqiang.
— Increase GDP by approximately 7 percent
— Keep increase in CPI at around 3 percent
— Create over 10 million jobs in urban areas
— Ensure registered urban unemployment rate not to exceed 4.5 percent
— Increase imports and exports by around 6 percent
— Cut energy intensity by 3.1 percent
— Continue to implement proactive fiscal policy and prudent monetary policy
— Proactive fiscal policy must sustain the momentum of economic growth and increase economic returns, monetary policy must be prudent and balanced
— Annual government budget deficit is projected to be 1.62 trillion yuan
— Deficit to GDP ratio will rise from last year’s 2.1 percent to 2.3 percent
— M2 money supply is forecasted to grow by around 12 percent, but actual supply may be slightly higher
— Encourage popular entrepreneurship and mass innovation
— Draw up a negative list for market access
— Greatly relax market access for private investment and encourage the use of private capital to set up equity funds
— Actively promote models of cooperation between government and nongovernmental capital in developing infrastructure and public utilities
— Take timely action to accelerate price reform
— Encourage qualified private investors to establish, in accordance with law, small and medium-sized banks and other financial institutions
— Keep the RMB exchange rate at an appropriate and balanced level and allow it to float more freely
— Launch the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect on a trial basis at an appropriate time
— Halve the number of industries in which foreign investment is restricted
— Move faster to strengthen infrastructure connectivity with neighboring countries
— Work for progress in talks on free trade zones with the Gulf Cooperation Council and Israel
— Keep housing consumption stable
— Launch a number of major new projects
— The central government will increase its budgetary investment to 477.6 billion yuan
— Over 800 billion yuan will be invested in railway construction and open over 8,000 km of railways to traffic
— Over 800 billion yuan will be invested in the major water conservancy projects
— Build an additional 7.4 million units of government-subsidized housing
— Reduce the poor rural population by more than 10 million
— Keep grain output above 550 million metric tons
— Strive for zero-growth in the consumption of coal in key areas
— Cut the intensity of carbon dioxide by at least 3.1 percent
— Renovate 3.66 million dilapidated rural houses, an increase of 1 million over the renovated last year
— Draw up and implement a strategic maritime plan
— Implement the “Made in China 2025” strategy
— Develop the “Internet Plus” action plan to integrate the mobile Internet, cloud computing, big data and the Internet of Things with modern manufacturing
— Work toward putting in a strong bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics
— Uphold the fundamental principle of the absolute leadership of the Communist Party of China over the armed forces
— Strengthen efforts in all areas in a coordinated way to maintain military preparedness
— Strengthen efforts to modernize the armed police forces
— Oppose the independence of Taiwan and keep cross-Strait relations on the right course in peaceful development
— Work together with other members of the international community to uphold the victory of World War II and international justice.
[10:44] That’s it for the live blog. Thanks for following along with us.
[10:43] Premier said China will continue its peaceful path of development by seeking new type of international relations and strengthening unity with other developing countries.
[10:39] Premier Li said,
- -To Oppose the independence of Taiwan and keep cross-Strait relations on the right course in peaceful development
- -Work together with other members of the international community to uphold the victory of World War II and international justice.
[10:36] For national defense, Premier said China will build a solid national defense and deepen reform of armed forces under rule of law.
- – Uphold the fundamental principle of the absolute leadership of the Communist Party of China over the armed forces
- — Strengthen efforts in all areas in a coordinated way to maintain military preparedness
- — Strengthen efforts to modernize the armed police forces
[10:35] China will uphold and improve regional ethnic autonomy and fully implement policies on religion, said Li.
[10:33] Running Monster Biubiu:
Can officials please reveal their property ownership? Why has the proposal always been rejected? This is not very effective to control corruption.
[10:32] To improve government, Premier said China will develop new ways of regulation, oppose extravagance, fight corruption and work actively with diligence for the people.
I hope all the delegates will watch the documentary on China’s air pollution directed by Chai Jing. (The former journalist with China Central Television Station and her documentary have attracted both positive comments and criticism.) Environmental protection should start with everybody because it is everybody’s responsibility.
[10:26] Premier also mentioned that China will do its best to improve environment and boost protection to environment.
[10:23] To improve people’s living standards, Li said the county will also
- -ensure law as the protector of people’s rights,
- -boost social security and people’s income,
- -improve basic medical and healthcare system,
- -promote vocational education system
- -deepen reform to community heath institutions
- -enable people to enjoy cultural development
- -make innovation in strengthening social governance.
[10:17] Premier Li said China will improve people’s living standards.
The only way to build a country is to enrich its people.
[10:16] Gao Pizai:
The goal of the Marshall Plan aid in Western Europe was clearly targeted at the Soviet Union, while the goal of China’s Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road is directed at a win-win situation and isn’t targeted at any single country. China should make this very clear.
[10:15] Premier said China will drive scientific and technological innovation, implement and improve preferential policies in this regard.
[10:11] Premier said China will continue to
- Develop the “Internet Plus” action plan to integrate the mobile Internet, cloud computing, big data and the Internet of Things with modern manufacturing.
- Implement the “Made in China 2025” strategy
- Draw up and implement a strategic maritime plan
[10:10] Premier said China will draw on reform to solve tough issues in urbanization, improve planning and construction of cities and town, and expand space for development in different regions.
[10:07] Premier said the country will continue to
- -fight against poverty,
- -promote reforms relating to rural land requisition,
- -promote new type of urbanization,
- -rebuild rundown urban areas, renovate rural housing,
- -provide govt housing support .
[10:05] Premier said,
- Build an additional 7.4 million units of government-subsidized housing.
- Renovate 3.66 million dilapidated rural houses, an increase of 1 million over the renovated last year.
- Reduce the poor rural population by more than 10 million
[10:01] Over 800 billion yuan will be invested in the major water conservancy projects.
[10:00] Over 800 billion yuan will be invested in railway construction and open over 8,000 km of railways to traffic.
[09:59] To promote a steady growth, China will increase effective investment in public goods and the country will increase budget investment to 477.6 billion yuan. China will work harder to modernize agriculture and expand use of new agricultural technology.
[09:58] Qian Weidong from Suzhou:
The rise and fall in housing prices doesn’t seem to have much practical significance at present. Rich people have already bought properties, while poor people still cannot afford to buy no matter how much the price falls. Now, the key problem is how to improve the people’s income level so that the balance between their incomes and housing prices can be closer to the world average level as soon as possible.
[09:57] Premier Li said China will promote financial reform to serve the real economy, transform and upgrade its foreign trade, and speed up implementation of “go global” strategy in its reform and opening up.
[09:52] Premier Li said,
Those in power must not stubbornly pursue their own aims.
[09:51] Keep the RMB exchange rate at an appropriate and balanced level and allow it to float more freely
[09:50] Encourage qualified private investors to establish, in accordance with law, small and medium-sized banks and other financial institutions.
[09:48] Premier said China will take timely action to accelerate price reform and make progress in reform of fiscal and tax system.
[09:44] Premier said China will deepen reform and opening up and the Chinese government will continue to streamline administration in 2015, the final year of the 12th Five-Year Plan.
[09:40] M2 money supply is forecasted to grow by around 12 percent, but actual supply may be slightly higher.
[09:38] Premier Li said,
Proactive fiscal policy must sustain the momentum of economic growth and increase economic returns, monetary policy must be prudent and balanced.
[09:38] Premier Li said,
- –Increase GDP by approximately 7 percent
- –Keep increase in CPI at around 3 percent
- –Create over 10 million jobs in urban areas；Cut energy intensity by 3.1 percent
[09:35] Now Premier Li is outlining work plan for the year ahead.
[09:33] Bright and beautiful sunshine: We yearn for blue sky and green water. I think the government should pay more attention to garbage classification, which could start from the government departments and institutions, enterprises, schools and then be gradually popularized among citizens.
[09:24] Premier said China has pushed efforts to advance the law-based gov’t administration and improved effective response to natural disasters and emergencies. Meanwhile, China boosted business development and employment in 2014.
[09:22] Premier Li also said China has strengthened employment and social security, made progress in securing fair access to education and intensified efforts to reform medical and health care in 2014.
[09:19] In his government report, Premier Li said China has made structural adjustment for more sustainable development.
[09:10] Little Snail:
I really hope that this year’s NPC and CPPCC annual sessions will be a major turning point and the start of reform and change. I hope it can be the start of a period of making profits for the people, fighting for the rights of the people, and giving more dignity to the people. May our country love us as we love our country.
[09:04] Premier Li Keqiang is delivering the annual government work report to nearly 3,000 legislators in the Great Hall of the People.
[09:02] Zhang Dejiang announces the opening of the third session of China’s 12th National People’s Congress.
[09:00] The annual session of China’s top legislature, or the National People’s Congress, opens at 9 a.m. Thursday in Beijing.
[08:53] Infographic: What are China’s “Two Meetings”
[08:45] The Chinese government has noted the austere circumstances of the economy and will overcome difficulties with more pro-growth policy, Premier Li Keqiang said on Wednesday, ahead of a keynote speech to give the economic outlook for the year ahead.
[08:39] Spring River Water Axm:
I’m looking forward to accelerated reform to benefit the people’s livelihood.
[08:26] Premier Li Keqiang will deliver the government work report to nearly 3,000 legislators in the Great Hall of the People.
[08:25] The annual session of China’s top legislature, or the National People’s Congress, is scheduled to open at 9 a.m..
[21:01] Poll: The public are most concerned that income distribution and countercorruption are discussed at the ongoing two sessions.
[20:45] “The feeling of hugs”: Cracking down on tigers (high-ranking corrupt officials) is less important than making sure the people can afford housing, education, to raise a child, food and clothing!
[20:20] Chinese companies will cut coal consumption by four million tonnes by the end of 2015 after the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) helps them with technological upgrades.
Emission cuts including 70,000 tonnes of sulfur dioxide, 60,000 tonnes of nitrogen oxides, 40,000 tonnes of industrial fumes and 20,000 volatile organic compounds will be realized in the year, according to the MIIT.[19:30] Chinese shares rallied on Wednesday as expectations ran high for new reform measures ahead of the annual congress session slated to open tomorrow morning.
[14:14] According to the agenda,
- National lawmakers will hear and deliberate the government work report and examine the report on the national economic and social development plan as well as the central and local budgets.
- They will also hear and deliberate the work reports of the NPC Standing Committee, the Supreme People’s Court and the Supreme People’s Procuratorate.
- A draft amendment to the Legislation Law will also be tabled at the session and likely to be put for a vote, Fu said.
[13:50] National security law
Against a backdrop of globalization, China faces complex national security issues as many other countries do. China needs to formulate a series of laws to build a national security legal system, Fu Ying said.[13:46] Counterterrorism law
China on Wednesday justified the drafting of its first counterterrorism law, saying that the part concerning the Internet tech firms doing business in the country is in line with laws and international practice.The law is still under review, Fu said.
Fu noted that it is good to see US President Barack Obama paying attention to China’s anti-terrorism legislation but there are misunderstandings.
[13:43] Cross-border projects
The “One Road, One Belt” initiatives, the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, aim to bring China’s development fruits to its neighboring countries and regions by constructing a new cooperation agreement in the area. But it requires financial support.
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and Silk Road Fund are just designed for that. The future benefit of the initiatives can be seen from Kunming – Bangkok Road, which was jointly constructed by China, Laos, Thailand and the AIIB.
[13:40] Decision on HK universal suffrage “unshakable”
The National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee made the decision in August last year on issues relating to the selection of the HKSAR Chief Executive by universal suffrage and on the method for forming the HKSAR’s Legislative Council in 2016.
“The decision is unshakable,” said Fu Ying, “The constitutional reform of the HKSAR should move forward rather than stand still.”
[13:35] China’s defense budget
Responding to a question concerning China’s defence budget, NPC spokesperson Fu Ying said,
She has noticed that the defense budget has been foreign media’s top concern, joking that relevant reports have been in preparation for a long time.China’s defence budget this year is expected to increase by about 10 percent compared with 2014. The actual figure would be released on May 5, when the annual session of China’s National People’s Congress opens.
[13:30] Food safety
Fu promised to use new Food Safety law to safeguard people’s table. The new law was revised by adding 41 items to the original 104 law articles, which mainly focus on four areas: prioritized precaution, entire supervision, severe punishment, and social self-governance. Online shopping platform is another field that needs regulation.
[13:25] Anti-domestic violence law
China’s first law against domestic violence will be submitted for reading in August, 2015, Fu said. The law will take shape after about two or three readings.
The law demonstrates that China cares about venerable groups and takes zero-tolerance approach toward violence even within family members, Fu said. She also welcomed public suggestions about the law.
Fu Ying said statutory taxation means that National People’s Congress, the legislative organ, decides what, how, how much and at whom the tax should be levied.
“Our overall goal is to implement the statutory taxation principle in all aspects before 2020.”
To combat corruption, we must treat the symptom and also the root. Only when we treat the symptom effectively, can we get at the root. The job of the standing committee of the NPC national committee is to treat the root by pushing forward the building of anti-corruption institution and thus creating an environment in which officials dare not breach the laws and regulations.
[13:03] Tough environmental protection law
Fu Ying said the new Environmental Protection Law was introduced after four readings by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress.
The law has been called the “the most strict Environmental Protection Law in history”, and promises “zero tolerance” toward pollution. It carries tough punishment against polluters.
[13:00] Deputies’ work praised
A total of 39 deputies of the 12th National People’s Congress have been dismissed or forced to resign due to violations of Party discipline or law.
[12:50] Fu Ying answered questions from journalists from home and abroad. Here are the highlights.
[12:40] Premier Li Keqiang will deliver a report on the work of the government at the opening meeting.
[12:36] About 3,000 NPC deputies will attend the annual full session of the national legislature in Beijing.
[12:34] This year’s session will take ten and half days, two days longer than the last one.
[12:30] Infographic: What you need to know about the NPC
[12:28] According to Fu, the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC), the top legislature of China, will start its third session at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing at 9:00 a.m on March 5.
[12:02] Fu Ying, the spokesperson for the session, introduced the agenda of the session and answered questions from journalists.
[12:00] The third Session of the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) held a press conference at 11:00 a.m on March 4 in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.