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Eight topics to dominate China’s “two sessions”

By Sun Tianren and  Zhang Mengxu (People's Daily)    09:29, February 29, 2016

Female deputies walk out of the Great Hall of the People. (Photo: People’s Daily)

As the annual sessions of National People’s Congress (NPC) and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), also referred as the “two sessions,” are just around the corner, eight agendas have been laid out which can summarize the country’s policy objectives.

For the Chinese people, the two major events, coming at the starting year of China’s “13th Five-Year Plan,” carry significant weight as the country enters the decisive stage in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects.

No 1. The “13th Five-Year Plan”

China’s “13th Five-Year Plan”, a roadmap for the nation's development from 2016 to 2020, has specifically laid out its blueprint got the next 5 years.

During the two sessions, deputies will demonstrate their strong determination to implement the five notions stressed by the plan, which include innovation, coordination, environmental protection, openness and sharing. They will tell the world the implementation approaches as well.

No. 2 Poverty reduction campaign

The policy of targeted poverty alleviation is of groundbreaking significance. Targets, enforcers and approaches of the program are to be identified during the two sessions.

No. 3 Supply-side reform

“Promoting supply-side structural reform” was first proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping months ago. Guided by this strategy, the government will optimize China’s economic structure through reforms that include reducing overcapacity and boosting emerging industries.

Decision makers at all levels will take the two sessions as a platform to communicate experience and contribute suggestions.

No. 4 “Belt and Road” initiative

The proposal to build the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road put forward by Xi has been echoed by over 60 countries and regions along the route.

As another hot topic of this year’s two sessions, this diplomatic priority is expected to bring more win-win results.

No. 5 Possible revise on the charity law

To guide and ensure a sound development of charitable causes, the Standing Committee of the NPC has deliberated the draft of the charity law twice. The public are concerned about whether the law will be further amended during this year’s two sessions.

No. 6 Reform on the judiciary system

As most of the tasks of China’s reform on the judiciary system are expected to be completed by the end of 2017, the Chinese government hopes to improve its capability in maintaining national security and social stability.

Amid such a backdrop, the reports to be delivered by the Supreme People’s Court and the Supreme People’s Procuratorate are highly anticipated.

No. 7 Green development

Buzzwords like “APEC Blue” and “Parade Blue” have raised people’s awareness of green development.

As China’s policy to emphasize a balance among production, living environment and ecology wins popularity among the public, deputies believe that they shoulder the responsibility of addressing major environmental roadblocks including smog and water pollution.

No. 8 Institutional anti-corruption

In recent three years, China’s anti-corruption campaign has been striving to foster a system that allows zero tolerance for corruption. At the beginning of 2016, Xi stressed to “create a green political eco-system” in his New Year’s message.

The 2016 NPC and CPPCC will be a window for Chinese people to examine the “green eco-system.”

(For the latest China news, Please follow People's Daily on Twitter and Facebook)(Editor:Ma Xiaochun,Bianji)

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