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China's national legislature concludes annual session
  ·  2023-03-14  ·   Source: Xinhua News Agency

The 14th National People's Congress (NPC), China's national legislature, concluded its first session on the morning of March 13.

Xi Jinping, Li Qiang, Wang Huning, Cai Qi, Ding Xuexiang, Li Xi and Han Zheng attended the closing meeting, which was presided over by Zhao Leji.

When addressing the meeting, President Xi Jinping said that the people's trust is the biggest motivation that drives him to march on and a great responsibility he shoulders.

Xi, also General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, said that he will faithfully fulfill his responsibilities bestowed by the Constitution, with the nation's needs as his mission and the people's interests his yardstick.

He pledged to perform his duty scrupulously, do his utmost, and prove worthy of the trust of all NPC deputies and the Chinese people of all ethnic groups.

Xi stresses unswervingly advancing high-quality development, putting the people first on the new journey, better coordinating development and security, advancing the practice of "one country, two systems" and the cause of national reunification, and building a community with a shared future for humanity.

He also stressed upholding the leadership of the CPC and the centralized, unified leadership of the CPC Central Committee.

Voicing support to Xi's speech, Zhao Leji, chairman of the 14th NPC Standing Committee, called for carefully studying and implementing Xi's instructions, when addressing the closing meeting.

The 14th NPC and its standing committee will thoroughly implement the guiding principles of the 20th CPC National Congress, uphold and improve the system of people's congresses, ensure its smooth operation, and contribute to the cause of building a modern socialist country in all respects, Zhao said.

At the closing meeting, NPC deputies passed by voting resolutions on the government work report, on the implementation of the national economic and social development plan in 2022 and the plan for 2023, and on the implementation of the central and local budgets in 2022 and the budgets for 2023.

They also adopted resolutions on the work reports of the 13th NPC Standing Committee, the Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's Procuratorate, as well as a revision to the Legislation Law. 

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