Communist Party leadership warns of "austere" year for China
www.chinaview.cn 2009-02-23 23:04:46   Print
 
A comprehensive economic package will be launched to tackle an "austere and complicated" year ahead.
In 2008,  China experienced serious challenges and tests for economic and social development.
The Political Bureau warned that 2009 would be the most difficult for China's economic development.

    BEIJING, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- The ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) said Monday the country will launch a comprehensive economic package to tackle an "austere and complicated" year ahead.

    "We will increase large-scale government investment, implement and readjust a plan to revive industries, make great efforts to boost innovations, and greatly enhance the level of social security," said a press release issued after a meeting of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee.

    The meeting was presided over by Hu Jintao, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee.

    The Political Bureau warned that 2009 would be the most difficult for China's economic development so far this century as "it is crucial for implementing the 11th Five-Year Plan (2006-2010), and the tasks of reform, development and stability are austere and complicated."

    The meeting participants discussed a government work report which would be submitted to the forthcoming second annual session of the 11th National People's Congress, the national legislature.

    In 2008, "a very extraordinary year", China experienced serious challenges and tests for economic and social development, and made great achievements in the country's reform, opening up and socialist modernization drive, the press release said.

    In the past year, the government readjusted macro-economic policies promptly and decisively to cope with the serious impacts of the global financial crisis; maintained stable and relatively fast economic and social development; pushed forward reform and opening up; accelerated the development of social welfare; improved people's living standards; made great achievements in dealing with extraordinary natural calamities; succeeded in hosting the Beijing Olympics and Paralympics; and accomplished the Shenzhou-7 manned space flight.

    The Political Bureau called for greater awareness of the austere and complicated nature of the international and domestic economic situation and for active response to the challenges.

    Efforts should be made to increase domestic demand, change the development mode, accelerate the strategic readjustment of the economic structure; deepen reforms; and improve living standards and promote social harmony, said the Political Bureau.

China's parliamentary sessions to focus on economic downturn 

    BEIJING, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- As the global downturn continues to take its toll on China's economy, responses to the turmoil will be high on the agenda of lawmakers and political advisors who are scheduled to gather here early next month for their annual full sessions.

    The two parliamentary sessions -- the Second Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC, the top legislature) and the Second Session of the 11th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC, the top advisory body) -- are set to start March 5 and March 3, respectively. Full story

Chinese premier welcomes suggestions for annual gov't work report 

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (L, back) presides over a forum to get suggestions to improve the government work report from economic and social scholars in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 9, 2009. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao invited non-Communists party members, economic and social scholars, people from business, technological, educational, health, cultural and sports sectors as well as workers and farmers to his work place over the past week, soliciting input for a draft government work report to be submitted to the annual parliament session next month. Five forums were held between Feb. 6 and 13 at the Zhongnanhai leadership compound in downtown Beijing.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (L, back) presides over a forum to get suggestions to improve the government work report from economic and social scholars in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 9, 2009. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao invited non-Communists party members, economic and social scholars, people from business, technological, educational, health, cultural and sports sectors as well as workers and farmers to his work place over the past week, soliciting input for a draft government work report to be submitted to the annual parliament session next month. Five forums were held between Feb. 6 and 13 at the Zhongnanhai leadership compound in downtown Beijing.(Xinhua/Liu Jiansheng)
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    BEIJING, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao invited non-Communists party members, economic and social scholars, people from business, technological, educational, health, cultural and sports sectors as well as workers and farmers to his work place over the past week, soliciting input for a draft government work report to be submitted to the annual parliament session next month.

    Five forums were held between Feb. 6 and 13 at the Zhongnanhai leadership compound in downtown Beijing. Vice-premiers Li Keqiang, Hui Liangyu, Zhang Dejiang, Wang Qishan and other senior officials were present. Full story

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R, front) shakes hands with representatives of grass roots civilians attending the forum in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 12, 2009. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao invited non-Communists party members, economic and social scholars, people from business, technological, educational, health, cultural and sports sectors as well as workers and farmers to his work place over the past week, soliciting input for a draft government work report to be submitted to the annual parliament session next month. Five forums were held between Feb. 6 and 13 at the Zhongnanhai leadership compound in downtown Beijing.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R, front) shakes hands with representatives of grass roots civilians attending the forum in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 12, 2009. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao invited non-Communists party members, economic and social scholars, people from business, technological, educational, health, cultural and sports sectors as well as workers and farmers to his work place over the past week, soliciting input for a draft government work report to be submitted to the annual parliament session next month. Five forums were held between Feb. 6 and 13 at the Zhongnanhai leadership compound in downtown Beijing.(Xinhua/Liu Jiansheng)
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Chinese premier invites grassroots suggestions for gov't work

    BEIJING, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- Thirteen grassroots representatives - some of them farmers, pig-raisers, migrant workers, college graduates, doctors and primary school teachers - were invited to the Zhongnanhai leadership compound in downtown Beijing last week by the premier to voice their opinions on government work.

    Sitting beside an oval table, the 13 people, excited and nervous, all experienced their first face-to-face talk with Premier Wen Jiabao. Full story


All-out efforts in employment expansion urged

   BEIJING, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) -- China's State Council, or the cabinet, issued a notice Tuesday that urged governments at all levels to make every possible effort to expand employment.

    The notice said that the deepening global financial crisis makes it more difficult to offer jobs for new labor force and unemployment risks continue to increase. In response, governments should adopt a more vigorous employment policy to maintain stable employment and social order. Full story

Ministry: China to create 775,000 jobs through rural stores by end-2010

    BEIJING, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- China will establish 250,000 rural retail stores by next year to create 775,000 jobs for migrant workers who have lost their jobs as a result of the global economic crisis, a Ministry of Commerce official said Monday.

    Vice Commerce Minister Jiang Zengwei said this year the ministry would set up 150,000 stores. This and the building of ancillary services, including delivery centers and post offices, which would create "a large amount of jobs" for migrant workers. Full story

Chinese Vice Premier: boost employment, guarantee people's living

    BEIJING, Feb. 9 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang said Monday that employment and people's livelihood should be guaranteed.

    Li, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, made the remarks when visiting the southern Guangdong Province, a major base for export-oriented manufacturers that had provided jobs for many migrant workers.  Full story

China legislature hears State Council report on financial crisis

    BEIJING, Dec. 24 (Xinhua) -- The legislature heard here on Wednesday a somber report on how the intensifying impact of the world financial and economic crisis is reverberating through China's economy.

    Zhang Ping, minister in charge of the National Development and Reform Commission, representing the State Council (cabinet), outlined the situation to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress. Full story

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