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Premier stresses achieving main economic, social development targets

Updated: May 24,2020 07:19 AM    Xinhua
Premier Li Keqiang, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, takes part in deliberations with fellow deputies from Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region to the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) during the third session of the 13th NPC in Beijing, capital of China, May 23, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING — Premier Li Keqiang stressed striving to achieve this year's main targets for economic and social development, though the country is facing difficulties and challenges like never before.

Premier Li, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, made the remarks on May 23 while taking part in deliberations of the government work report with fellow deputies from Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region to the 13th National People's Congress during its ongoing annual session.

Premier Li Keqiang, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, takes part in deliberations with fellow deputies from Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region to the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) during the third session of the 13th NPC in Beijing, capital of China, May 23, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

Premier Li called for ensuring stability on six fronts: employment, financial sector, foreign trade, foreign investment, domestic investment, and expectations, while fully maintaining security in six areas: job security, basic living needs, operations of market entities, food and energy security, stable industrial and supply chains, and the normal functioning of primary-level governments.

He said the deficit increase this year and the special government bonds for the COVID-19 control must be transferred in full to governments at city and county levels, in order to support efforts in stabilizing employment and ensuring people's livelihood.

Premier Li Keqiang, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, takes part in deliberations with fellow deputies from Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region to the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) during the third session of the 13th NPC in Beijing, capital of China, May 23, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

The Premier also called for support for micro, small, and medium-sized businesses as well as self-employed individuals to help them get through this challenging time.

Noting that the COVID-19 epidemic has caused a relatively big impact on people's life, Premier Li urged efforts to provide for the basic needs of the poor and the unemployed populations.

He also demanded concentrated efforts to fight extreme poverty.

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