China was the world’s only major economy to achieve growth.
China was able to take the lead in reopening its economy. With gross domestic product for the year growing by 2.3 percent, a better-than-expected recovery was achieved.
It is truly remarkable that China, the largest developing country in the world, has kept overall employment stable in the face of such an enormous shock.
All remaining poor rural residents, totaling 5.51 million in early 2020, were lifted out of poverty, as were all of China’s remaining 52 poor counties.
We scaled up the capacity for conducting large-scale nucleic acid testing, and all the medical bills for treating COVID-19 patients were covered by the government.
We supported global cooperation on combating COVID-19 and called for building a global health community.
Much was accomplished toward making China a country of innovators, with major advances in manned spaceflight, lunar exploration, deep-sea engineering, supercomputing, quantum information, and other areas.
Over 60 million urban jobs were added, and the world’s largest social security system was established.
Our people worked hard and fought adversity in close solidarity and with the unyielding spirit of the Chinese nation, thus proving themselves true heroes.
China remains in an important period of strategic opportunity for development. Yet, there are changes in both the opportunities and challenges we face.
Innovation remains at the heart of China’s modernization drive. We will strengthen our science and technology to provide strategic support for China’s development.
We will leverage the flows of the domestic economy to make China a major magnet for global production factors and resources, thereby promoting positive interplay between domestic circulation and international circulation.
We will move faster to grant permanent urban residency to people who move to cities from rural areas, and raise the percentage of permanent urban residents to 65 percent of the population.
We will develop a strong public health system, carry out extensive public fitness activities, and raise the average life expectancy by one year.
As a general target, China’s growth rate has been set at over 6 percent for this year.
We at every level of government should practice fiscal frugality in the interests of the people. We should continue to tighten our belts, ensure continued increases in spending to meet basic living needs, and help sustain and energize market entities.
We will widen the avenues of employment and enable people who are willing and able to work to find more equitable job opportunities.
We will implement the rural revitalization strategy across the board and promote steady development of agriculture and growth in rural incomes.
For counties lifted out of poverty, a five-year transition period will apply from the date poverty in their locality was eradicated, during which major assistance policies will remain unchanged for them.
We will promote the growth of mutually beneficial China-U.S. business relations on the basis of equality and mutual respect.
We will resolutely guard against and deter external forces’ interference in the affairs of Hong Kong and Macao. We will support both regions as they grow their economies and improve people’s lives, so as to maintain the long-term prosperity and stability of Hong Kong and Macao.