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Outcomes of NPC, CPPCC annual sessions catch eyes worldwide

BEIJING, March 15 (Xinhua) -- The annual sessions of the National People's Congress (NPC)and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), have concluded here, with its achievements still the focus of world attention.

Some foreign observers noted that the Chinese government can always readjust its development direction in line with the changing domestic and international situations, and many said the 7-percent growth target set in China's 12th Five-Year Plan is pragmatic.

The Chinese government has managed to make timely policy adjustment by going with the trend of times, and listening to the opinions of the people. In this way it sends a message of hope and confidence to the people, said Jeong Hae-hoon, president of South Korea's Korean Northern Relations Council.

Li Cheng, director of John L.Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institute, described the growth target set by the sessions as "practical," and said he believed that China can reach this target.

The two annual sessions show the continuity of the Chinese government's policies, rather than radical changes, he added.

"The NPC and the CPPCC, with its consultative role, are places of discussion and internal debate, confrontation and dialogue on key issues that demonstrate China's desire to build a stronger internal consensus," said Flora Sapio, researcher at Italy's Center of Advanced Studies on Contemporary China (CASCC) based in Turin.

It was not easy for China to transform its economic model, said Lee Young-joo, chief director of the Chinese Political and Cultural Research Institute of Korea.

But Lee said he believed that the Chinese people, led by their wise leaders, can surely overcome difficulties and achieve economic restructuring in a short time.

Yang Wenkai, chief editor of Chubun (Chinese Review Weekly), a Tokyo-based Chinese-language newspaper, said the annual sessions of the NPC and CPPCC had many highlights, but he is most impressed by the emphasis on improving people's well-being in Premier Wen's report on the work of government.

A strong country is a manifestation of growth, but to make its people wealthy constitutes the ultimate goal of development, he said.

Foreign observers believe that China has a bright future, despite enormous challenges it will meet in the coming years.

As China has given up its pursuit of an 8-percent economic growth, and pours more resources to social security, it is expected that the Chinese economy and social development will witness profound changes in the coming five years, some Russian media predicted.

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