Leaders Hold Panel Discussions at NPC

From right, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee Yu Zhengsheng, clap during the opening session of the annual National People’s Congress in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, China, Wednesday, March 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Chinese senior leaders on Friday joined in panel discussions with deputies of various provinces and regions during the ongoing 12th National People’s Congress (NPC).

Chinese President Xi Jinping called for efforts to extend benefits to people living in the country’s poverty-stricken while joining lawmakers from southwest China’s Guizhou Province.

Xi urged innovation in the province’s development strategies and called on Guizhou to exert its late-mover advantages.

“The selection of industries in the development should be in line with the local conditions,” he said.

He also urged the simultaneous development of economy, society and the environment.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang joined discussions with NPC deputies from provinces of Yunnan and Shanxi, respectively.

Li said the government will greatly support the exploration and development of Yunnan, a southwestern Chinese province bordering Vietnam, Myanmar and Laos, and let the province play its role in deepening economic cooperation with southeast Asian countries.

Noting that Yunnan possessed a better ecological environment, Li suggested that the province center on green economy and make relevant industries better and stronger.

Speaking of poverty alleviation, Li said the central government will grant more support to the poorest areas in the province and urged the relief subsidies shall not be misused but go to those people who need them the most.

He asked the local governments to allocate more funds into people’s livelihood, so as to improve the living standards of people.

At the panel discussion of the Shanxi delegation, Li suggested the resource-rich province be innovative and promote efficiency and effectiveness of the economy.

Li said Shanxi shall step up reform to gain impetus in an effort to push ahead industrial transformation and upgrading, meanwhile stopping relying on heavy industries and switch to light industries and promote multi-development of private economy.

The province shall greatly develop clean energies and build the cultural and tourism industries bigger and stronger, Li said.

The Chinese premier also urged to improve people’s livelihood in the province, striving to let more people moving out of shanty towns into apartment buildings, saying “The results of reform shall benefit all the people.”

China’s top legislator Zhang Dejiang encouraged southeast China’s Fujian Province to put people’s livelihood and well-being on top of its development agenda during a panel discussion with the province’s NPC deputies.

“We should always put people first, take people’s well-being as the development goal and make more people benefit from the development outcomes. He also called on local government to ensure the basic livelihood of people and make more people living in poverty benefit from the government polices,” Zhang said.

Zhang said local government should place system perfection as the top priority in improving people’s livelihood, and start with people’s most-anticipate thing and the most serious problems to fulfill its promises to the public.

Meanwhile, senior leaders Yu Zhengsheng, Liu Yunshan, Wang Qishan, and Zhang Gaoli join in panel discussions with deputies from northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, east China’s Jiangsu Province, central China’s Henan Province, and northwest China’s Ningxia Zhuang Autonomous Region, respectively.

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