|Premier Li Keqiang waves to journalists as he and four vice-premiers arrive for the news conference following the conclusion of the annual national legislative session on Sunday. Xu jingxing / China Daily|
ROAD AHEAD | Premier says government will focus on growth, welfare and social justice; he vows to press ahead with reforms, ensure the rule of law and boost national prosperity.
Premier Li Keqiang outlined the top three tasks of the new government over the next five years, and vowed to push forward reforms and the rule of law, at his media debut in his new position on Sunday.
Maintaining economic growth, improving people's livelihood and safeguarding social justice are the government's three main tasks, Li said.
The news conference followed the leadership transition at the annual legislative session that closed on Sunday.
The vast country of China has a lot of tasks to fulfill, Li said. "The most important one, I think, is to facilitate the continuous growth of the economy," he said.
China may face complex economic conditions, he said, noting that the government must overcome adversity, handle change calmly, facilitate economic growth, curb inflation and prevent major fluctuations of the economy.
To reach the target of doubling 2010 per capita GDP and personal income by 2020, China must register annual average economic growth of 7.5 percent over the next few years, he said.
The second task, Li said, is to improve people's livelihood by raising the income of urban and rural residents, in particular for those in impoverished areas, and to expand the size of the middle class.
He emphasized the significance of establishing a solid social security network to safeguard basic public welfare, especially concerning education, medical care, social insurance and housing. A welfare system and medical aid must be in place for the poor to fall back on if they encounter difficulties, he said.
Li said his government would strive to ensure all Chinese people enjoy equal opportunities and receive due rewards for their hard work, regardless of social or family backgrounds.