CGTN Key targets for 2020 in China's government work report
BEIJING, May 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang delivered the government work report to the third session of the 13th National People's Congress in Beijing on Friday.
The report reviews the achievement China has made in 2019 on all fronts: achieving stable economic growth, boosting people's living standards, breaking new ground in science and technology innovations, and playing an active role in the development of the global governance system.
China is reeling from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic that has infected more than 5 million people worldwide. The work report fully acknowledged the difficulties China faced this year when Premier Li cautioned that "we must redouble our efforts to minimize the losses resulting from the virus and fulfill the targets and tasks for economic and social development this year."
China did not set a specific target for its economic growth in 2020. According to Premier Li, this is because of uncertainties brought by the COVID-19 pandemic and the unpredictable global economic and trade environment. However, other key targets for job creation, fiscal deficit and consumption are outlined in the government work report.
CGTN sketched out a quick snapshot of this year's government work report in graphics.
The first graphic compares China's 2019 goals and achievements with the targets set for 2020. In 2019, China's GPD increased by 6.1 percent, within the official growth target range of 6 percent to 6.5 percent. No economic growth target has been set for this year.
Stabilizing employment is a priority this year, with over 9 million new urban jobs set for 2020 compared to last year's target of 11 million. China met and surpassed its 2019 goal by creating 13.52 million new jobs.
Poverty reduction tops the agenda of Chinese policymakers this year. China is en route to achieving its target of eradicating poverty in rural areas and eliminating regional poverty. Official data shows 5.51 million Chinese living in poverty as of 2019; the goal set for this year is to lift all of them out of poverty.
The second graphic illustrates key words for this year's government work report. Using the text from the speech, we generated a tree map that highlights words that appeared most frequently in the report.
The frequency of word choices makes it clear that development is of paramount importance in this year's government work report, along with stabilizing employment and battling the epidemic. The word "development" appeared 76 times in Premier Li's speech, while the word "employment" showed up 39 times and "epidemic" 34 times.