- Title: China concludes its annual parliament session
- Date: 15th March 2017
- Summary: CHINA'S NATIONAL PEOPLE'S CONGRESS (NPC) CLOSING CEREMONY IN PROGRESS DELEGATES SEATED CHAIRMAN OF CHINA'S NPC, ZHANG DEJIANG, SPEAKING WHILE OTHER DELEGATES SIT ELECTRIC BOARD INDICATING VOTE FOR GOVERNMENT DRAFT OF THE 13TH NPC REGARDING HONG KONG'S ELECTION DELEGATES PRESSING BUTTONS TO VOTE XI AND LI PRESSING BUTTONS TO VOTE DELEGATES PRESSING BUTTONS TO VOTE ELECTRIC BOARD SHOWING RESULTS OF VOTE DELEGATES APPLAUDING XI TALKING TO CHAIRMAN OF THE NATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE CHINESE PEOPLE'S POLITICAL CONSULTATIVE CONFERENCE (CPPCC), YU ZHENGSHENG CHINA'S NATIONAL EMBLEM (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHAIRMAN OF CHINA'S NATIONAL PEOPLE'S CONGRESS (NPC), ZHANG DEJIANG, SAYING: "In the one year left for this National People's Congress (NPC) term, we will always firmly keep in mind the people's earnest expectations and faithfully undertake the responsibility to exercise state power on behalf of the people." DELEGATES SEATED
- Embargoed: 29th March 2017 06:06
- Keywords: China parliament closing NPC People's Congress Xi Jinping Li Keqiang
- Location: BEIJING, CHINA
- City: BEIJING, CHINA
- Country: China
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA003682KU9X
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- Story Text: China's annual parliamentary session, the main meeting of the largely rubber-stamp National People's Congress (NPC), drew to a close on Wednesday (March 15) in Beijing.
The Great Hall of the People's main hall was filled with nearly 3,000 delegates as Chinese President Xi Jinping followed by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang walked in and took their seats.
A number of documents, including the government work report, the national economic and social development plan and the central budget, were then approved by delegates during rounds of voting before the session's end.
China is aiming to expand its economy by around 6.5 percent in 2017, Premier Li said in remarks at the opening of the roughly 10-day session on March 5. That compares with a 2016 economic growth target of 6.5 to 7 percent.
Top leaders at the NPC are tolerating slightly slower economic growth this year to give them more room to push through some painful reforms to deal with a rapid build-up in debt.
China's gross domestic product grew 6.7 percent in 2016, the slowest in 26 years.
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