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Legislature renews commitment as annual session concludes

03-13-2014 15:26 BJT Special Report: 2014 NPC & CPPCC Sessions |

Reform continues to be the priority as China’s National People’s Congress wraps up its annual meeting. The nearly 3,000 NPC deputies have approved a number of important documents, including the government work report, central and local budgets and reports of the Supreme People’s Court and the Supreme People’s Procuratorate.

Hopes are high for China’s new administration on deepening reforms.
This session is being hailed for the clarification of polices and targeted measures. Top leaders, in the presence of nearly 3,000 deputies, presided over the closing of the National People’s Congress.

After nearly two weeks’ review, the government’s blueprint has won overwhelming support from lawmakers.From streamlining administration, to poverty reduction, the leadership has placed the focus on an ambitious reform drive, while maintaining macro targets and policies to safeguard stability.

For flexibility, the government has set a (moderate) growth target range rather than a figure -- a lower limit designed to ensure steady growth and job creation, and an upper limit to avert inflation.
Reforms will focus on a number of areas. They include state-owned enterprises, financial liberalization, further opening up, and improvements to social welfare systems.

In the fight against corruption, the government says the biggest challenge comes from within. Deputies say punishment alone will not get to the root of the problems. What’s needed are, legal regulations and effective supervision.

Top legislator Zhang Dejiang wrapped things up with a promise that the NPC will continue to provide legal support for the reforms.

One year into the new administration,China’s leadership remains committed to reform, while maintaining a pace of growth and development. The details have been made much clearer. But lawmakers and ordinary Chinese are waiting to see the actual implementation of the new polices. The country is now in what’s been dubbed the deep-water reforms. In a years’ time, the NPC deputies will gather to review how well the leadership keeps the giant ship on course.

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