Economic Achievements

GDP Growth

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Up 7.7%


The world’s second largest economy grew 7.7 percent in 2013, the same rise as 2012. It beat the government’s official growth target of 7.5 percent, set at the start of 2013.

Industrial Output

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Grows 9.7%


Industrial output in China grew 9.7 percent in 2013 from a year ago, the figure marks a deceleration from the 10-percent growth seen in 2012.

Consumer Price Index

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Slows to 2.6%


China´s consumer price index (CPI) grew 2.5 percent year on year in December, and 2.6 percent for the whole of 2013, well below the government´s full-year target of 3.5 percent.

Employment Situation

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13.1 million new jobs created


A total of 13.1 million new jobs were created in urban areas in 2013, hitting an all-time high. The overall situation of China’s job market in 2013 was stable, and made some noticable achievements.

Foreign Trade

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Up 7.6%


China´s total exports and imports surpassed 4 trillion U.S. dollars for the first time to reach 4.16 trillion U.S. dollars in 2013, up 7.6 percent year on year.

Per Capita Disposable Income

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18,311 yuan


Per capita disposable income in China reached 18,311 yuan (2,993 U.S. dollars) in 2013, growing 8.1 percent in real terms.

Improving People's Livelihoods

Social Security

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Unified pension systems


The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security says it plans to unify old-age pension systems in rural and urban areas by 2015. Anyone who is above the age of 16 and not part of the urban basic pension program will be covered by the unified system.

Housing

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Prices decline


Home prices dropped month on month in more Chinese cities in January. Of a statistical pool of 70 major Chinese cities, 62 saw a month-on-month rise in new home prices, while prices in six cities declined.

Healthcare Reform

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Private investment


China’s State Council continues to encourage the opening of the healthcare market to private investments. Experts say the demand for higher quality private healthcare is on the rise.

Fair Education

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Private investment


Renovating buildings of primary and junior schools in rural areas is aimed at narrowing the education gap between rural and urban areas and balancing the distribution of education resources better.

Fighting against Corruption

Zero Tolerance

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Xi promises harsher anti-corruption drive


President Xi stressed zero tolerance of graft and promised to seriously punish every corrupt official being caught. He urged efforts to ensure "relatively independent and authoritative supervisory power" of disciplinary agencies at all levels.

Clean Governance

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Li pledges clean governance


Premier Li Keqiang called on auditors and supervisors to be "brave enough to crack the hard nuts" and investigate violation cases "deeply, thoroughly and concretely."

Discipline Supervision System

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CPC to reform discipline supervision system


Wang Qishan has pledged to deepen reform of the Party´s discipline supervision system. He called for a system which requires local discipline inspection agencies to give regular reports on their work to inspection agencies of their superior level.

2nd Round of Inspections

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Anti-corruption probe


10 teams were sent during the 2nd round of inspection, 6 teams had reported their findings. In the reports, the Ministry of Commerce and the Three Gorges Corporation have attracted significant attention.

Environmental Control

Environmental Targets

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Strictest environment and energy policies


China promised to adopt "the strictest" environment and energy policies as it has lagged behind in terms of four binding environmental targets set for 2015.

Air Pollution

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$1.65 bln fund


The Chinese government it will establish a 1.65 billion U.S. dollar fund to fight air pollution and offer rewards for companies that clean up their operations.

Land Pollution

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Over 8 million acres


Over 8 million acres of China´s farmland is so polluted with heavy metals and other toxins, it´s no longer usable for growing food. Most of the polluted land is in regions which depended on industrial sectors for economic development.

Harsher Punishments on Polluters

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China issues new judicial explanation


China´s supreme court and procuratorate jointly issued a new judicial explanation Tuesday that imposes harsher punishments on polluters.