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Chinese deputies focus on details for a better government work report

By Wan Yu (People's Daily)    14:48, March 13, 2017
Chinese deputies focus on details for a better government work report
Deputies from east China Shandong province study the 2017 government work report. (Photo by People's Daily Online)

Thousands of deputies are gathering in Beijing to contribute their wisdom to China’s economic and political agenda, and one of their important tasks is to review the government work report. In a bid to better fulfill their duties, these dedicated deputies have studied and discussed “each detail” of the report. 

As a highly stressed topic in the government work report, how to advance supply-side structural reform in agriculture was discussed by the deputies to the annual sessions of the National People's Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).

These political advisers also offered bills and suggestions on the directions and ways to develop agriculture. Their dedication for “each detail” can be evident by the heated up debates on effective supply of corn.

CPPCC adviser Ke Bingsheng, president of the China Agricultural University, said that the increase of corn production and the high price result in poor sales and huge inventories.

"The effective supply of agricultural products lags behind the upgrade of demand," he said.

But NPC deputy Wang Yong, a village secretary from east China's Shandong province, disagreed with him, suggesting to adjust corn structure. “Corn can be used as raw material to produce glucose, fructose and corn sugar,” he advised.

While Wang Zuoying, also a deputy to the NPC and researcher with the Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Dandong, northeast China's Liaoning province, suggested to enrich corn species by planting green, organic and new species such as fructose corn.

He also proposed to increase effective supply and reduce low-end supply, in order to adjust agricultural structure.

Such heated debate and discussion are not a fresh thing as all the deputies busy with reviewing work hope to contribute their own wisdom to the report.

When deputies have reached consensus on certain topics, their proposals might be adopted and included in the final version of the government work report this year.

Chinese leaders, including President Xi Jinping, also joined the panel discussion of deputies coming from across the country and all walks of life.

The government work report is a leading actor of each year’s meeting. According to a regular procedure, a draft government work report will be written at first by State Council after their rounds of symposium, and wide opinion collection from experts, scholars, entrepreneur, grassroots levels as well as representatives of different circles.

There are a few procedures before the government work report is finalized. First, the draft report will be discussed by members of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, and then its report version will be submitted to the NPC for review, by the Premier of the State Council.

After deputies' advice and suggestions are put together and submitted for more consideration by the NPC, the government work report will be finalized to become the guiding document for the work of the government in this year.

For instance, after reviewed by the NPC, the government work report in 2016, which originally contained 19,564 words, was added to 20,072 words as 61 revises and over 80 suggestions were accepted. 

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