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Experts talk about what to expect at 2018 `two sessions`


Source:    Published: 2018-1-26 and the National Academy of Development and Strategy at Renmin University of China (RUC) co-hosted a round-table discussion on Jan. 24 in Beijing, gathering experts in various fields to talk about issues that are expected to be hot topics at this year`s national "two sessions," the annual sessions of China`s top legislative and advisory bodies which are scheduled to convene in early March.

The two sessions, namely the first session of the 13th National People`s Congress and the first session of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People`s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), will be the first national assembly following the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in October last year.

"This year`s `two sessions` will be especially important as they come at a time when socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era , and because 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the country`s reform and opening-up policy", said Li Fugen, vice president of in his addressing speech.

Liu Yuanchuan, vice president of RUC, said the government work report delivered by Premier Li Keqiang will continue to be the focus of this year`s meetings.

The work report is expected to shed light on what policies will be introduced to implement "the new development philosophy", achieve a transition to "high-quality development" and improve people`s livelihoods, said Liu.

Wei Houkai, president of the Rural Development Institute at the Chinese Academy of Social Science (CASS), said emphasis might be placed on "the rural vitalization strategy", one of the major aspects crucial to the building of a "moderately prosperous society in all respects."

Wei proposed three measures to implement the strategy — making good use of the resources and factors of production in rural areas, guiding capital and talented people to rural areas, and promoting the integrated development of the primary, secondary and tertiary industries in rural areas.

The development of the five so-called "happiness industries," namely tourism, culture, sports, health and elderly care, will receive attention, as the principal contradiction facing Chinese society has evolved into the one between unbalanced and inadequate development and the people`s ever-growing needs for a better life, said Xia Jiechang, vice president of National Academy of Economic Strategy at the CASS.

Xia said he believes that the five "happiness industries" are bound to enjoy promising prospects, because China is transitioning from an upper-middle-income country to a high-income country, with a changing consumption structure, increasing elderly population and growing social productivity.

Chai Fahe, former vice president of the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences (CRAES), said the issue of environmental protection will share the spotlight during the meetings.

He predicted that efforts will be stepped up to change China`s industrial, consumption and transportation structures to make progress in air pollution prevention and control.

Other participants of the round-table discussion included Li Yongzhong, former vice-president of the China Academy of Discipline Inspection and Supervision; Zhang Juwei, director of the Institute of Population and Labor Economics at the CASS; Yang Ruilong, dean of the Institute of Economic Research at RUC; and Feng Yujun, researcher at the National Academy of Development and Strategy at RUC.

Liu Yuanchuan is vice president of Renmin University of China.

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