Chinese leaders: Crisis also means opportunity
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NPC,  CPPCC Annual Sessions 2009

Special Report: Global Financial Crisis

Chinese President Hu Jintao (front, 2nd R) talks to female deputies during the panel discussion of deputies to the Second Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC) from south Chinas Guangdong Province as International Women's Day is coming, in Beijing, capital of China, March 7, 2009. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

Chinese President Hu Jintao (front, 2nd R) talks to female deputies during the panel discussion of deputies to the Second Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC) from south Chinas Guangdong Province as International Women's Day is coming, in Beijing, capital of China, March 7, 2009. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)
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    BEIJING, March 7 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao said here Saturday that the current international financial crisis, despite its severe impact on China's economy, also means an opportunity for the country.

    China should take the opportunity to change its development pattern and realize structural adjustment so as to maintain a steady and relatively fast economic growth, Hu said when joining a panel discussion with deputies of the National People's Congress (NPC) from south China's Guangdong Province.

    "Challenge and opportunity always come together. Under certain conditions, one could be transformed into the other," Hu said.

    Hu said China should make full use of its advantages to break the bottlenecks of development. He also called for efforts to promptly and creatively implement the policies and plans of the central government to create conditions for solid and rapid development in the future.

Wu Bangguo (front L), member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and also chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), attends the panel discussion of deputies to the Second Session of the 11th NPC from east China's Shandong Province, in Beijing, capital of China, March 7, 2009. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)
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    In a panel discussion with NPC deputies from Shandong Province, top legislator Wu Bangguo said to maintain economic growth is China's top priority now, and efforts should be made to boost domestic consumption so as to secure this year's economic development targets.

    In face of impacts of global financial crisis, China should seek both a temporary solution and a permanent cure, and make efforts to upgrade its industry and improve competitiveness of Chinese enterprises, said Wu, chairman of the NPC Standing Committee.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (2nd R) attends the panel discussion of deputies to the Second Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC) from central China's Hubei Province, in Beijing, capital of China, March 7, 2009. (Xinhua/Fan Rujun)
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    Premier Wen Jiabao said maintaining steady and relatively fast economic development amid the global financial crisis should be the focus of local governments.

    The task can affect the overall development of the national economy and society, the people's interests, and the long-term development of the country's modernization drive, said Wen when joining NPC deputies from the central Hubei Province.

    Governments at all levels should incorporate improving people's well-being into the efforts on maintaining economic growth to benefit the people and promote harmony and stability of society, Wen said.

    He also urged local governments to take the opportunity to enhance their capabilities in dealing with complicated situations, keeping close contact with the public and implementing policies.

    Governments should also improve their credibility among the people, Wen said.

Jia Qinglin (front R), member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and also chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), meets with members of the 11th National Committee of the CPPCC from the Communist Youth League of China, the All-China Youth Federation, the All-China Federation of Trade Unions and All-China Women's Federation, in Beijing, capital of China, March 7, 2009. (Xinhua/Li Tao)
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    Top political advisor Jia Qinglin attended a joint panel discussion with political advisors from circles of trade unions, the youth league, and women's federations.

    These social groups should "take initiative to resolve disputes, address depression of the public, and safeguard the rights of the employees, young people and women," he said.

    Jia, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), also called on them to help those with difficulties to find jobs.

Li Changchun (front L), member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, attends the panel discussion of deputies to the Second Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC) from northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, in Beijing, capital of China, March 7, 2009. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)
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    Li Changchun, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, said publicity work should serve the overall objectives of ensuring economic growth, people's well-being and social stability.

    During the discussion with lawmakers from northwest Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, he called on media and cultural workers to provide "spiritual" support for economic growth amid global downturn.

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (front L), who is also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, attends the panel discussion of deputies to the Second Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC) from south China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, in Beijing, capital of China, March 7, 2009. (Xinhua/Liu Jiansheng)
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    Vice President Xi Jinping joined panel discussions with lawmakers from Hong Kong and Macao respectively.

    Xi said the governments of both Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions (SAR) have taken prompt and effective measures to counter the impact of global financial crisis.

    He said lawmakers from Hong Kong and Macao have played a positive role in the country's political affairs since China resumed the exercise of sovereignty over the two regions in 1997 and 1999 respectively.

    Xi called on the lawmakers to fully exercise their functions and powers with focus on the country's measures of maintaining economic growth and social stability.

Li Keqiang (front, 2nd R), member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, attends the panel discussion of deputies to the Second Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC) from northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, in Beijing, capital of China, March 7, 2009. (Xinhua/Ma Zhancheng)
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    In a panel discussion with NPC deputies from the northwestern Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Vice Premier Li Keqiang said China can enjoy large room for economic manoeuvre due to its vast territory and the high mutual complementarity in economy between different regions.

    "We should turn challenges into opportunities, boost the development of the western region, make full use of advantages (of different regions), tap the market, speed up industrial restructuring, and cultivate new economic growth areas so as to keep a steady and relatively fast economic growth," Li said.

    He said Xinjiang enjoys a particularly important strategic status for the country's development and stability. Efforts should be made to secure Xinjiang's stable and prosperous development, enrich people and safeguard the frontiers and strengthen national unity and social stability, he said.

He Guoqiang (front R), member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, attends the panel discussion of deputies to the Second Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC) from north China's Hebei Province, in Beijing, capital of China, March 7, 2009. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)
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    He Guoqiang, secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, called on officials to improve their work style in face of economic difficulties.

    "We must enhance education on the officials, improve existing regulations, and step up supervision to ensure steady and relatively fast economic development," He, also member of the CPC Central Committee's Political Bureau Standing Committee, told NPC deputies from northern Hebei Province.

Zhou Yongkang (front R), member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, attends the panel discussion of deputies to the Second Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC) from Tianjin Municipality, in Beijing, capital of China, March 7, 2009. (Xinhua/Yang Zongyou)
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    When joining lawmakers from the northern Tianjin Municipality, Zhou Yongkang, member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Central Committee's Political Bureau, underlined the adherence to scientific decision-making approach.

    He also urged officials to focus their efforts on solving issues concerning people's well-being to sustain stability and promote social harmony.

 

Hu: Hardships and opportunities amid global financial crisis

    BEIJING, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao has called for greater awareness of both hardships and opportunities presented by the global financial crisis in order to offset the impacts of the crisis.

    In a speech to the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee Political Bureau on Tuesday, Hu said China must be prepared for the most difficult and complicated situations in the world economy and meanwhile make good use of or create development opportunities amid the transformation of international and domestic conditions. Full story

Chinese leaders stress people's strength to tackle economic woes

    BEIJING, March 6 (Xinhua) -- Chinese leaders underscored the importance of relying on the people in the combat against the global financial turmoil, urging efforts to ensure their well-being, when joining lawmakers and political advisors in panel discussions Friday.

    In his discussion with lawmakers from Chongqing Municipality, top legislator Wu Bangguo said it is a must to boost the people's confidence to tackle economic woes. Full story

Chinese premier expresses confidence in weathering crisis, calls for cooperation

    LONDON, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said Sunday that he is confident China will weather the global economic crisis, calling for cooperation to tackle the financial storm.

    The confidence comes from a correct judgment of the current situation, Wen said in an interview with the Financial Times. Full story

Crisis can't kill Chinese confidence

    BEIJING, Feb. 4 -- Premier Wen Jiabao expressed optimism about China's ability to battle the impact of the current global economic crisis and emphasized the importance for the world to maintain confidence against the crisis during his recent European tour.

    The Chinese leader's confidence was not groundless. The brisk shopping in consumer markets throughout cities and rural areas in the past "golden week" of Spring Festival was the best evidence of such confidence. According to the Ministry of Commerce, Chinese people spent a total of 290 billion yuan (42.6 billion U.S. dollars) shopping for the lunar new year celebration. Full story

Editor: Wang Hongjiang
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