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Premier Li outlines economic goals as #NPC session opens

The annual session of the National People’s Congress, China’s top legislature, opened at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Wednesday.

The nearly 3,000 #NPC members began the session by paying silent tribute to the victims of the Kunming terrorist attack.

Following that, Premier Li Keqiang delivered his first government work report since he took office as premier.

In his speech, Li promised greater economic reforms and said that China would achieve a “reasonable range” of growth of around 7.5 percent in the coming year.

“We’ve set the main targets for China’s economic and social development for the year 2014. We will increase GDP by 7.5% and keep CPI growth at around 3.5%. We will create 10 million more urban jobs. We’ll ensure that urban unemployment stays below 4.6%,” Li said.

He also highlighted the government’s achievements over the past year, focusing on a wide range of issues from fighting pollution and corruption, household policies, rural land ownership, to education and healthcare, etc.

Another focal point has been China’s defense budget. According to Xinhua, the country will increase its defense expenditure by 12.2% in 2014.

Over the next two weeks, NPC lawmakers will review the work report. They’ll raise suggestions and vote on national policies.

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