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World media eye China's two sessions, focusing on economic stimulus
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16:25, March 04, 2009

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Overseas media are closely watching the two annual sessions of China's top legislative body and top political advisory body, particularly eyeing the meetings' additional measures to stimulate the economy and maintain social stability.

The U.S.-based Associated Press (AP) said the two sessions are "the first for China since the worldwide financial meltdown started last year."

"Both are widely expected to yield further measures to stimulate the economy," the AP said.

The AP cited Jia Qinglin, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), assaying "the meeting would focus 'on hot and thorny issues' such as employment, the social safety net, education and environmental protection."

The British news agency Reuters said: "The economy, and maintaining social stability, are at the top of the agenda of China's annual parliament which begins this week."

Reuters' report also quoted Jia as saying "We must face the complex and severe economic situation. We must do everything in our power to resolve issues affecting the well-being of people and promote social harmony and stability."

Meanwhile, the French-based AFP reported that "Both sessions of parliament are set to focus on using a four-trillion-yuan (585-billion-U.S.-dollar) government stimulus package announced last year that is aimed at boosting economic growth and maintaining social stability."

Kyodo news service reported that Jia said "A main task is to maintain stable and relatively fast economic growth."

It added that "maintaining economic growth and social stability is an important goal for China, which has important events on its political calendar this year, including the 60th anniversary of the country's founding in October."

Singapore newspaper Lianhe Zaobao said how the Chinese government responds to the ongoing international financial crisis would be a focus.

"Economic recovery topped the advisors' concerns this year," the newspaper quoted Zhao QiZheng, spokesman of the advisory session, as saying.

The remark was echoed by the country's other daily newspaper, the Straits Times, which said the two sessions would discuss ways to stimulate domestic needs.

Japan Economic News on Monday said China's economic policies would top the agenda of the sessions. The News said China's effort to seek a balance between fast economic growth and structural adjustments would also be an urgent question.

The newspaper also pointed out two key topics for China's two sessions -- improving people's livelihood and promoting social harmony.

A report published Monday on the Wall Street Journal's Chinese website predicted that the two sessions would yield some measures closely related to people's livelihood, such as medical reform, a food security law and an increase in the social security budget.

The Russian magazine Expert said Monday that through the two sessions, China would reiterate its target for 8 percent economic growth and its close attention to addressing unemployment this year.

The magazine added that it showcased the confidence of Chinese leaders to constantly carry out their measures.

The Second Session of the 11th CPPCC opened on Tuesday and the Second Session of the 11th National People's Congress will open on Thursday. The two sessions will both last nine days.

Soruce: Xinhua

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