President Xi Jinping: A Day at the 'Two Sessions'

March 7, 2017
Editor: Jane Wang
President Xi Jinping: A Day at the 'Two Sessions'

Red flags are seen at Tian'anmen Square and atop the Great Hall of the People before the fifth session of the 12th NPC in Beijing on March 5. [Xinhua]

 

The fifth session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, opened on March 5 in Beijing. Here is a review of Chinese President Xi Jinping's day during the country's annual meeting. 

 

President Xi Jinping: A Day at the 'Two Sessions'

NPC deputies enter the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 5. [Xinhua]

President Xi Jinping: A Day at the 'Two Sessions'

Journalists at home and abroad make preparations for the fifth session of the 12th NPC. [Xinhua]

President Xi Jinping: A Day at the 'Two Sessions'

The military band of Chinese People's Liberation Army performs during the opening meeting of the fifth session of the 12th NPC in Beijing on March 5. [Xinhua]

President Xi Jinping: A Day at the 'Two Sessions'

Chinese President Xi and other top leaders walk onto the rostrum and take their seats. [Xinhua]

President Xi Jinping: A Day at the 'Two Sessions'

The fifth session of the 12th NPC officially opened at 9 a.m. on March 5. [Xinhua]

President Xi Jinping: A Day at the 'Two Sessions'

Attendees sing the national anthem. [Xinhua]

President Xi Jinping: A Day at the 'Two Sessions'

Participants listen to the government's work report. [Xinhua]

President Xi Jinping: A Day at the 'Two Sessions'

Attendees listen to the work report attentively. [Xinhua]

President Xi Jinping: A Day at the 'Two Sessions'

Foreign ambassadors at the annual session [Xinhua]

President Xi Jinping: A Day at the 'Two Sessions'

Deputies to the 12th NPC from Shanghai at the annual session of the NPC stand up to welcome President Xi to join a panel discussion in the afternoon on March 5. [Xinhua]

President Xi Jinping: A Day at the 'Two Sessions'

Deputies to the 12th NPC from Shanghai at the meeting. [Xinhua]

President Xi Jinping: A Day at the 'Two Sessions'

President Xi joins a panel discussion with deputies to the 12th NPC from Shanghai at the annual session of the NPC in Beijing on March 5. [Xinhua]

President Xi Jinping: A Day at the 'Two Sessions'

Deputies to the 12th NPC deliver speeches. [Xinhua]

 

President Xi's Remarks at the Panel Discussion:

President Xi Jinping said that China will stick to the all-round opening-up policy, and continue to liberalize and facilitate trade and investment.

Xi made the remarks during a panel discussion with lawmakers at the annual session of the National People's Congress (NPC).

"China's opening door will not close again," he said at the discussion hosted by the NPC Shanghai delegation, of which he is a member.

"Shanghai officials should free their minds, seek new horizons, and be an example to the nation," said Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission.

Xi urged Shanghai, a pioneer in reform and opening up, to do more in deepening free trade zone (FTZ) reforms, promoting science and technology innovation, improving social management, and governing the Party in an all-around and strict manner.

Shanghai became home to China's first pilot FTZ in 2013, the testbed of new economic policies, including the negative list for foreign capital management, which defines sectors in which foreign entities can invest.

Xi urged Shanghai to turn the FTZ into a zone of openness and innovation to serve the Belt and Road Initiative and help the country's businesses expand overseas.

The president stressed that innovation is key to the "new normal" in economic development and crucial to the supply-side structural reform, calling for greater advances in basic science and major breakthroughs in key technologies.

On city management, Xi said Shanghai should make better use of the Internet and big data in smart city administration, to become a safer, cleaner and more orderly international metropolis.

(Source: Women Voice and xinhua/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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