3月5日，第十三届全国人民代表大会第四次会议在北京人民大会堂开幕。这是全国人大代表走向会场。新华社记者 李鑫 摄
China held its annual two sessions from March 4 to 11.
On March 5, Premier Li Keqiang delivered the Government Work Report at the opening meeting of the fourth session of the 13th National People’s Congress. It reviewed the government work over the past year and maps out an overall blueprint for the next five years and beyond. A number of key words highlighted the country’s goals. Let’s take a look at a few.
The word “development” was mentioned 140 times in the report.
China will give priority to high-quality development this year, setting its GDP growth target at above 6 percent. To promote high-quality development in the coming years, the report notes that China should create a new development pattern – “dual circulation”. The new pattern has the domestic market as the mainstay of the economy, while domestic and international markets support each other. This means that in addition to ensuring supply capacity for its exports, China will focus more on expanding domestic demand and stimulating consumption.
Green development is also a significant issue. According to Xinhua, China will take more measures to push the green transformation of industries and promote the wider use of clean energy, which plays a key role in achieving carbon neutrality by 2060. To achieve this goal, China will also have a steady growth of forest coverage, from 23.04 percent in 2020 to 24.1 by 2025.
Ensuring the well-being of the people remains at the forefront. The report says that the government will make every effort to solve housing difficulties, especially those faced by new urban residents and young people.
Apart from shelter, people also need access to healthcare. According to the report, government subsidies for basic medical insurance for rural and non-working urban residents will increase by an average of 30 yuan per person this year. Subsidies for basic public health services will also increase. Fees for more medicines will be covered by the government to lighten the burden on patients.
Education has always been, and continues to be, an important sector included in the government work report. The new plan says that China will build an education system that ensures the well-rounded development of students in the next five years.
In addition, the government will make all-around efforts to build a healthy China.
“It is widely believed that China, with concrete measures, will achieve the targets it has set for itself in the next five years, paving the way for the realization of the goals of Vision 2035,” Liu Qiao, the dean of the Guanghua School of Management, Peking University, wrote on China Daily.