15-year roadmap goals revealed


BEIJING: A draft outline of China’s 15-year roadmap for modernisation unveiled at the fourth annual session of the 13th National People’s Congress, the top legislature, has specified the guiding principles for the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025).

China must uphold the overall leadership of the Communist Party of China, put people at the centre, stick to the new development philosophy, deepen reform and opening-up, and apply systems thinking, according to the outline.

Among the highlights of the plan revealed yesterday was China’s pledge to achieve more breakthroughs in key and core technologies.

The country will strengthen its original sci-tech innovation to satisfy the country’s urgent and long-term needs, pooling resources to develop key technologies in fields including epidemic prevention, biosafety, medical equipment, core components and basic materials, and oil and gas exploitation.

China will also implement opening-up policies in a wider scope, broader areas and at a deeper level and better participation in international economic cooperation, according to the outline.

The country will push the stable development of both imports and exports, with measures to foster new business models including cross-border e-commerce, it said.

Meanwhile, China’s top legislature is considering measures in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) a new democratic electoral system suited to Hong Kong’s realities and with Hong Kong characteristics, according to senior Chinese lawmaker Wang Chen.

A draft decision on improving the electoral system of the HKSAR was submitted yesterday to the Congress session for deliberation.

The overall design of the system will be centred around the reformation and greater empowerment of the HKSAR Election Committee, said Wang, vice-chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, while delivering a speech on the draft at the opening meeting of the session.

The size, composition and formation method of the Election Committee will be adjusted and improved, Wang added.

The Chief Executive of the HKSAR will continue to be elected by the Election Committee, which will be entrusted with the new function of electing a relatively large share of Legislative Council (LegCo) members and participating in the nomination of all candidates for LegCo, he said. — China Daily/ANN

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