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Key issues to watch at 'two sessions'

(Xinhua) Updated: 2014-02-28 16:47

BEIJING - China's lawmakers and political advisors are set to gather in Beijing next week for the annual two sessions to discuss the country's social and economic policies.

The following are some key issues to watch to see how the government will deliver its wide-ranging reform promises made during the Third Plenum of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China last year.


China is expected to unveil its growth target for 2014 in a government work report to be delivered by Premier Li Keqiang on March 5.

For the past two years, the country has kept its growth target unchanged at 7.5 percent after lowering the goal from 8 percent for the first time in eight years in 2012 to allow more room for rebalancing.

The leadership's new mindset is to pursue a "reasonable growth range", marked by a lower limit designed to ensure steady growth and job creation and an upper limit meant to avert inflation. As long as the economy stays on that track, China will actively press ahead with reforms.

In the work report, the country will also clarify its inflation target, as well as fiscal and monetary policies.


China's mounting local government debts and overcapacity are deemed as major threats to the country's economic health.

The tone-setting Central Economic Work Conference in December included tackling problems in the two areas among six work priorities for 2014. Analysts largely expect detailed policies at the two sessions to address the issues.


Just ahead of the two sessions, smog has once again blanketed the Chinese capital for at least a week, highlighting the urgency for the government to take serious actions to curb pollution.

As the public grows increasingly aware of the health hazards, environmental protection will be a heated topic at the two sessions.

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