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  • China's national legislature starts annual session in Beijing
    2018-03-14    source:Xinhua    author:

    The first session of the 13th National People's Congress opens at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 5, 2018. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)

    The 13th National People's Congress, China's national legislature, opened its first session Monday morning at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
    Xi Jinping and other Chinese leaders attended the opening meeting, at which Premier Li Keqiang is delivering a government work report.
    Highlights from Premier Li's government work report:
    China sets 2018 GDP growth target at around 6.5 pct
    China has set its GDP growth target at around 6.5 percent for 2018, unchanged from that for 2017, according to a government work report available to the media on Monday.
    China to cut steel capacity by 30 mln tonnes, coal by 150 mln tonnes in 2018
    China will cut ineffective steel capacity of 30 million tonnes and coal capacity of 150 million tonnes in 2018, according to a government work report available to media before the annual parliamentary session Monday morning.
    Meanwhile, coal-fired power generating units with a capacity of less than 300,000 kilowatts that fail to meet standards will be closed this year, according to the report to be delivered at the first session of the 13th National People's Congress.
    China to start to construct 5.8 mln units of houses in rundown urban areas
    China will launch a new three-year renovation plan to address housing in rundown urban areas, starting with construction of 5.8 million units this year, according to a government work report.
    "People's housing needs will be better addressed this year," said the report Monday.