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President Hu Jintao and other senior leaders have joined NPC deputies in panel discussions on a government work report. The report was delivered by Premier Wen Jiabao at the opening of the NPC annual session in Beijing on Monday.
Chinese President Hu Jintao (C), who is also General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Chairman of the Central Military Commission, visits deputies to the Fifth Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC) from southwest China's Yunnan Province and joins their panel discussion in Beijing, capital of China, March 7, 2012. [Xinhua]
In a meeting with deputies from Yunnan province, President Hu Jintao called for tapping regional advantages, reinforcing infrastructural construction, sticking to scientific development, and further accelerating the transformation of the mode of economic development in the course of China's West Development Drive.
He urged efforts to continue reform and opening up. He also stressed the need to improve people's livelihood. Meanwhile, he urged to promote national unity and to constantly develop a harmonious society with equality, solidarity and common prosperity.
Top legislator Wu Bangguo met with the deputies from Zhejiang province.
He expressed hope Zhejiang will take the lead in transforming the pattern of economic development. He stressed that the local government should support the development of small and medium sized enterprises by implementing tax cut and developing small scale banking and bonding companies.
Premier Wen Jiabao met with the NPC delegation from Tianjin. They discussed the local industrial restructuring, efforts to promote people's livelihoods and other issues.
While discussing with NPC deputies from Taiwan, top political advisor Jia Qinglin praised their efforts in promoting cross-strait ties over the past year. He hopes people from the Chinese mainland and Taiwan could strengthen cooperation and exchanges from all sectors in the future, in order to achieve a peaceful reunification.
Li Changchun, a senior CPC leader, spoke with NPC deputies from Inner Mongolia. He gave several proposals for economic development in the region. He also stressed the need to promote national unity.
Vice President Xi Jinping participated in discussions with the Shandong delegation. He also stressed the urgent need of transforming the pattern of economic development and improving people's livelihoods.
During the panel discussion with the delegation from Hubei province, Vice premier Li Keqiang urged the province to lead the development in central China. He also called on the local governments to spend more to improve social security.
He Guoqiang and Zhou Yongkang, another two senior CPC leaders, also met with deputies from Guangdong and Jaingxi respectively on the same day.