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Chinese leaders, lawmakers discuss gov't work report

(Xinhua)

08:10, March 08, 2012

Chinese President Hu Jintao (R, front), who is also General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, visits deputies to the Fifth Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC) from southwest China's Yunnan Province and joins their panel discussion in Beijing, capital of China, March 7, 2012. (Xinhua/Liu Weibing)

BEIJING, March 7 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao and other senior leaders on Wednesday joined lawmakers in panel discussions of the government work report delivered by Premier Wen Jiabao.

When talking to deputies to the National People's Congress (NPC) from the southwestern province of Yunnan, Hu called for the province's further development by taking advantage of the country's greater efforts in implementing the Strategy to Develop Western China, as well as building the province into a bridgehead for China's opening-up southwestward.

Hu said drought relief and securing people's livelihoods must be the focus of the province's work at present, adding that the impact of the disaster should be limited as much as possible.

Since December 2011, persistent drought in Yunnan has left 3.19 million local people and 1.58 million livestock short of drinking water, according to the provincial government.

Hu also urged lawmakers from Yunnan to promote unity among ethnic groups in a bid to achieve mutual prosperity.

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