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The Fourth Session of the Tenth National People's Congress (NPC) opens at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 5, 2006. (Xinhua photo)

Top Chinese leaders Hu Jintao (C Front), Wen Jiabao, Jia Qinglin, Zeng Qinghong, Wu Guanzheng, Li Changchun and Luo Gan attend the Fourth Session of the Tenth National People's Congress (NPC) held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing March 5, 2006. (Xinhua photo)

Wu Bangguo, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) of China, presides over the Fourth Session of the Tenth NPC held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 5, 2006. The Fourth Session of the Tenth NPC opened at the Great Hall of the People on March 5. (Xinhua photo)

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao delivers a report on the work of the government to the Fourth Session of the Tenth National People's Congress (NPC) of China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing March 5, 2006. (Xinhua photo)

     Premier Wen Jiabao delivered a report on the work of the government to the annual session of the national legislature that opened here Sunday morning.

     The premier outlined this year's targets for economic and social development and made explanations about the draft guidelines of the development plan for 2006-2010.

8% GDP growth for 2006

    China targets an 8 percent economic growth this year and Premier Wen has proposed an annual growth rate of 7.5 percent for the 11th Five-Year Plan period (2006-2010). 

7.5 percent annual growth for next 5 years

    Premier Wen Jiabao has proposed an annual growth rate of 7.5 percent for the national economy during the 11th Five-Year Plan period (2006-2010).

14 percent more spending on "new countryside" construction

    The central government will spend 339.7 billion yuan (42 billion U.S. dollars) in agriculture, rural areas and farmers this year, which is 42.2 billion yuan, or 14.18 percent, more than last year.

Eliminating rural compulsory education charges

    In what is called "a milestone event" in China's educational history, Premier Wen Jiabao pledged that the government would eliminate all charges on rural students receiving a nine-year compulsory education before the end of 2007.

4 percent less energy consumption in 2006

    China has set a new key index to guide economic and social development, chopping down energy consumption by 4 percent in 2006.

Sci-tech input increases by 19.2 percent

    The central government will allocate 71.6 billion yuan this year for investment in science and technology, representing an increase of 19.2 percent year-on-year.

Obstructers of cross-Straits relations doomed to fail

    Anybody who acts against people's wishes for peaceful and stable relations across the Taiwan Straits is bound to meet failure, Premier Wen Jiabao said Sunday.

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