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Highlights of Government Work Report

By : Xinhua | Published: 2018-March-5

[InKunming--China] The 13th National People's Congress opened its first session Monday morning at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Following are the highlights of a government work report delivered by Premier Li Keqiang.

The first session of the 13th National People's Congress opens at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, March 5, 2018. [Photo by Xu Jingxing/China Daily]

OVER PAST FIVE YEARS

-- China' s gross domestic product (GDP) has risen from 54 trillion yuan ($8.5 trillion) to 82.7 trillion yuan, registering average annual growth of 7.1 percent

-- More than 68 million people have been lifted out of poverty

-- China's basic medical insurance now covers 1.35 billion people

-- Tourist departures have grown from 83 million to over 130 million

-- Both energy and water consumption per unit of GDP have fallen more than 20 percent, the release of major pollutants has been consistently declining, and the number of days of heavy air pollution in key cities has fallen 50 percent

-- Personal income has increased by an annual average of 7.4 percent, outpacing economic growth and creating the world' s largest middle-income group

-- More than 66 million new urban jobs have been added, and the country, with its population of over 1.3 billion, has achieved relatively full employment

Deputies to the 13th National People's Congress attend the opening meeting of the first session of the 13th National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, March 5, 2018. [Photo by Xu Jingxing/China Daily]

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