China leader urges change at key talks

President Xi Jinping called for deeper reform to revitalise China’s northeastern industrial base. 

Thursday March 10 2016

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and Premier Li Keqiang arrive for the opening ceremony of the National People's Congress in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 5, 2016. President Xi Jinping on Wednesday called for deeper reform to revitalise China’s northeastern industrial base. PHOTO | WANG ZHAO |

Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) and Premier Li Keqiang arrive for the opening ceremony of the National People's Congress in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 5, 2016. President Xi Jinping on Wednesday called for deeper reform to revitalise China’s northeastern industrial base. PHOTO | WANG ZHAO | AFP

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BEIJING, Wednesday

President Xi Jinping on Wednesday called for deeper reform to revitalise China’s northeastern industrial base. 

Mr Xi urged lawmakers from Heilongjiang to pursue innovative, coordinated, green, open and shared development when participating in deliberations on the government work report at the fourth session of the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC).

He said that local government and Party officials must abide by the law as they implement reform policies and that they should encourage the public to do likewise.

Capable, honest officials should be rewarded with promotions, the president said.

The meeting also discussed the shift of economic engines, food prices, poverty relief and structural reform in industrial bases. 

STRENGTHEN ECONOMY

In a panel discussion with NPC deputies from Fujian Province, Premier Li Keqiang urged authorities of the eastern coastal province to strengthen the green and maritime economy and build a strategic pivot for coastal development.

Mr Li asked the province to speed up a shift in growth by boosting smart manufacturing and the modern service sector and to take more initiative in advancing reform and opening up as well as the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations.

Joining deputies from Anhui Province in a group discussion, Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, said the new concept of innovative, coordinated, green, open and shared development should be adopted to guide development and solve thorny problems in the next five years and beyond. 

In a panel discussion with Taiwan deputies, Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference National Committee, said, “We will adhere to the 1992 Consensus, resolutely oppose and contain any forms of ‘Taiwan independence’ separatist activities, strengthen contacts and exchanges with all political parties and groups in Taiwan that recognize the one-China principle.”

Mr Liu Yunshan, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, told NPC deputies from Sichuan Province in their panel discussion, a clear understanding of the “new normal” and working with new development thoughts are essential to ensure the goals for the 13th Five-Year Plan period be met.

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