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CPC sets blueprint for next five years
By Sun Shangwu (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-10-12 05:42

A development roadmap for the next five years which aims to raise the living standards of the people was proposed yesterday by the Communist Party of China (CPC) after concluding a key four-day meeting.

Hu Jintao, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), addresses the fifth plenary session of the 16th CPC Central Committee on Tuesday, October 11, 2005. The fifth plenary session of the 16th CPC Central Committee was held in Beijing on October 8-11, approving the roadmap for China's social and economic development for the next five years. [Xinhua/AP] 
Per capita gross domestic product (GDP) will be doubled by 2010 from US$854 in 2000, said the communiqu released by the 16th CPC Central Committee after more than 340 members ended its fifth plenary session.

All top CPC leaders, including Hu Jintao, Wu Bangguo and Wen Jiabao, attended the session.

The target must be achieved by "optimizing structure, improving efficiency and decreasing energy consumption," said the communiqu.

The plenary session set development goals for the proposed 11th Five-Year Plan for National Economy and Social Development (2006-10).

The efficiency of utilizing resources must be improved and the energy use per unit of GDP also known as ratio of total energy use to GDP must be reduced by 20 per cent from 2005, said the communiqu.

"This shows that economic growth in the future must be high-quality, or sustainable, with less pressure on the environment," Cao Xin, professor of the Economics Department of the Central Party School, said in an interview with China Daily.

A group of enterprises with strong international competitiveness will be established in the next five years.

Urban employment opportunities will be increased, the social security system improved and the number of poverty-stricken people reduced, according to the document.
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