China's government work report revised to address China's biggest concerns
Updated 08:43, 16-Mar-2019
By Sun Ye, Wang Peng
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The 2019 edition of China's government work report was approved by the National People's Congress Friday, following minor amendments.

The government work report picks up 83 small changes, adding 800 characters after suggestions come in from NPC deputies and CPPCC members over the last two weeks.

The report stresses a better business environment. According to report drafting team member Guo Wei, that was the focal point of the report, as well as key to China's continued growth.

More contents on elderly care are added into the 2019 edition of China's government work report. /VCG Photo

More contents on elderly care are added into the 2019 edition of China's government work report. /VCG Photo

"We dwell so much on bettering the business environment for one goal: giving market entities vitality," Guo, also the deputy director of State Council Research Office said at a press briefing in Beijing Friday.  "We are facing downward pressure as well as uncertainties in the economy.  And the way to ensure stability and growth in this climate is NOT a loose monetary policy, but an active market economy." 

The revised report promises fewer restrictions for businesses as well as a national service platform to help streamline procedures.

Content about bettering business environment is added into the 2019 edition of China's government work report. /VCG photo

Content about bettering business environment is added into the 2019 edition of China's government work report. /VCG photo

The report also added content in elderly care, from more concrete demands in infrastructure to better services in nursing care.

"We now count 'elderly care' as many as 16 times in the report. It's everyone's concern. And China has 250 million people over 60, so we prioritize issues with our aging society." Guo said.

Every year, suggestions for the government work report are taken during the two sessions, examined and reported to Premier Li Keqiang before submission to the NPC.

Guo says the goal is for it to address the biggest concerns of the Chinese population.

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