Govt Work Report outlines opportunities for a better, cleaner China

I always look forward to this time of year. A cold winter has ended, spring has sprung and a sure confirmation is the convening of

the two sessions: The National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. It’s a chance to see political, bu

siness and cultural leaders, and to observe the beautiful diversity of China’s traditionally attired ethnic minorities. F

or me, a policy wonk, I especially look forward to watching Premier Li Keqiang’s Government Work Report, whi

ch reviews the nation’s past progress and current challenges, and sets present and future goals.

Usually the GWR is upbeat, reflecting China’s dramatic economic a

nd social progress of recent decades. But the ironic apocryphal Chinese curse often quoted in the

West – “may you live in interesting times” – is true this year. Premier Li did not try to hide this fact. He admitted that Chi

na faced a challenging and complicated international and domestic environment last year that severely im

pacted its economy, although previously announced targets were met. This year will be no less challenging.

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