Wen to leave behind busy legacy

By G. Venkat Raman ( China Daily ) Updated: 2013-03-04 07:51:38

The annual session of the National People's Congress will mark the official transfer of power from China's fourth generation leadership to the fifth. The NPC session will also see Premier Wen Jiabao present his last government work report.

Given the historic leadership transition, it is time to analyze Wen's legacy in terms of the economy and people's livelihood, which are the responsibilities of the premier.

Under the leadership headed by President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen, the Chinese economy achieved near double-digit growth every year during the past decade. In 2003, China's GDP was $1.4 trillion and per capita GDP, $1,090. In 2011 China surpassed Japan as the second largest economy, and the next year, its GDP crossed $8 trillion, or about 55 percent the size of the US economy, and its per capita GPD exceeded $6,000. From the perspective of GDP growth, the government has indeed done a good job.

Wen to leave behind busy legacy

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