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First Press Conference of the National People's Congress opens

03-04-2011 11:06 BJT Special Report:2011 NPC & CPPCC Sessions |

The Press Conference for this year's session of the National People's Congress takes place in Beijing. NPC spokesman, Li Zhaoxing, introduces the main tasks and takes questions from the media on the issues topping the agenda.

The Press Conference for this year's session of the National People's Congress takes place in Beijing. NPC spokesman, Li Zhaoxing, introduces the main tasks and takes questions from the media on the issues topping the agenda.

This year's gathering is the fourth session of the 11th National People's Congress. One of the key tasks for Chinese lawmakers and advisors will be discussing the blueprint for the country's economic and social development over the next five years.

The Press Conference for this year's session of the National People's Congress takes place in Beijing. NPC spokesman, Li Zhaoxing, introduces the main tasks and takes questions from the media on the issues topping the agenda.

BACKGROUNDER:

The National People's Congress, or NPC, is China's top legislative body, and the supreme organ of state power.

Each congress is elected for a term of five years.

The NPC has the power to amend the Constitution and oversee its enforcement, as well as to enact and amend basic laws governing criminal offences, civil affairs, state organs and other matters.

The NPC can also elect and appoint members to central state organs, and determine major state issues.

One of the key tasks for Chinese lawmakers and advisors to discuss at their annual sessions is the blueprint for the country's economic and social development in the next five years, known as the 12th Five-Year Economic and Social Development Program.


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