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Lawmakers optimistic about economy

2010-03-15 08:36 BJT

Special Report: 2010 NPC & CPPCC Sessions |

Over the past 10 days, lawmakers have been discussing and debating issues concerning China's economic development. They say one major outcome of the sessions has been reaching a consensus on economic growth and stronger confidence about the nation's economic outlook.

Snowfall in Beijing serves as a reminder of winter. So does the Chinese economy, in the sense that the chill of the global financial crisis has not fully passed.

The country has withstood the impact of last year's international economic difficulties to achieve 8.7 percent GDP growth in 2009. But the outlook for the next nine months remains complex.

Lawmakers say one major outcome of their 10-day session is a consolidated consensus on economic development.

Zhang Junbin, NPC deputy, said, "We gained significant improvement in the understanding of the urgency of transforming the economic development pattern. We realize that, to achieve this goal, it's important to develop more emerging industries, restructure the economy, improve innovation, save more energy, and cut more emissions."