Thursday, March 13, 2014

China's National People's Congress ends

China's National People's Congress ended its 9-day annual session in Beijing on Thursday. The Chinese parliament adopted a government report that sets an economic growth target of 7.5 percent for 2014 -- the same as last year's.

The report also says the government will strengthen environmental protection measures, such as promoting the use of low-emission vehicles.

A total of 7 agendas were put to a vote on the final day of the session, which was attended by President Xi Jinping and other government leaders.

Another report says more than 50,000 public servants were investigated for corruption last year.

17 percent of delegates voted against the report or abstained.

Analysts say the figure indicates the delegates' strong criticism of rampant bureaucratic corruption, although it was down slightly from last year.

China's state-run Xinhua News Agency says some delegates voiced the need for an anti-terrorism law to ensure public safety and the Congress decided to continue debate on the matter.

The session was held in the wake of the stabbing rampage at Kunming Station in which 29 people were killed.