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Fiscal, tax, financial reforms high on agenda

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Thursday that fiscal, tax and financial reforms had been set as a priority on the country's overall reform agenda in 2014.

Premier: GDP target flexible, stresses employment

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday said there is a level of flexibility for the government's growth target at around 7.5 percent this year, stressing rather the importance of creating enough jobs.

Premier Li calls for new progress in mainland-Taiwan ties

Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday called for new progress in relations between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan.

China, U.S. should expand common interests: Premier Li

China and the United States should expand common interests while respecting each other's core interests and major concerns and properly managing differences to raise the level of bilateral relationship, Premier Li Keqiang said Thursday.

China to better handle relations between govt, market

Premier Li Keqiang said Thursday that the Chinese government will better handle the relationship between the government and the market, so as to add new impetus to the Chinese economy and boost the creativity and dynamism from all sides.

Key resolutions to put for voting at NPC session

Draft resolutions on the work reports of China's government, supreme court and procuratorate will be put for voting at the annual parliamentary session, which is to end Thursday.

Deputies eye national anti-terrorism law

A suggestion that the top legislature consider drafting a national anti-terrorism law following this month's fatal attack in Kunming has been made by deputies to the 12th National People's Congress.

Decisions are courts' responsibility: top judge

The president of China's top court said at two sessions that courts should take responsibility for big or controversial cases, Beijing Times reported on Wednesday.

CPPCC concludes annual session, condemns Kunming attack

The 12th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China's top political advisory body, began the closing meeting of its annual session on Wednesday.

Xi urges PLA modernization

President Xi Jinping urged the military on Tuesday to improve its ability to safeguard China's national interests.

China to pilot 5 private banks

China will set up five private banks on a trial basis before the practice is extended to more places, the chief of the country's banking regulator said on Tuesday.

China to free deposit rates in coming one or two years

China is very likely to ease its grip on banks' deposit rate in the coming one or two years, central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan said on Tuesday.

CPPCC members express concerns over missing plane

As the second annual session of the 12th National Committee of the CPPCC draws to an end, the Malaysian airliner incident has worried all members attending the meetings in Beijing.

Offer the elderly better community-based care

Yan Bingzhu, a CPPCC member and CEO of the Bank of Beijing, asks the government to improve the community-based elderly care services.

CPPCC member: dual fuel solution to emissions

Liu Mingzhong, a CPPCC member and CEO of Beijing-based Xinxing Cathay International Group, calls for replacing traditional diesel fuel-powered vehicles with diesel-natural gas dual-fuel ones to cut exhaust emissions.
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