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Contributor: PR Newswire Asia (China)
Monday, May 25 2020 - 16:23
CGTN: Key targets for 2020 in China's government work report
BEIJING, May 25, 2020 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

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 

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 

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.

The coronavirus pandemic has dealt a heavy blow to industries and a focus on 
the economy is evident in Premier Li's frequent references to enterprises, 
economy, and reform. In his speech, Premier Li laid out a series of measures 
for companies, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, which are among 
those hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic.

Poverty alleviation, the first of the three key battles for the government to 
fight, also features heavily in the 2020 government work report. China has 
reduced the number of rural poor population by 11.09 million, according to the 
report, and greater efforts would be made to eliminate poverty in all remaining 
poor counties and villages.

The third graphic highlights keywords that appeared for the first time in the 
government work report this year, among which most are related to battling the 
coronavirus, including keywords like "epidemic," "public health" and "COVID-19."

One of the key messages of Premier Li's speech for this year is that China must 
recover from the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, with the recognition 
that "China will face challenges like never before." In his speech, Premier Li 
noted efforts that central and local governments have taken to boost the 
resumption of work, production and business activities. 

"Six guarantees" – ensuring security in employment, basic living needs, 
operations of market entities, food and energy, stable industrial and supply 
chains, and the normal function of primary-level governments – is among the key 
words that appeared first in the government work report this year. It reflects 
the Chinese leadership's resolve to advance epidemic control and economic and 
social development in parallel.

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   Caption: China's goals for 2020 and achievements in 2019


   Caption: Keywords in 2020 government work report


   Caption: What's new in 2020 government work report (vs. 2019)?