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China's top legislature ends annual session

2009-03-13 01:16:14 GMT2009-03-13 09:16:14 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

The closing meeting of the Second Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC) is held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 13, 2009.(Xinhua Photo)

Wu Bangguo, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), presides over the closing meeting of the Second Session of the 11th NPC at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 13, 2009. (Xinhua Photo)

Chinese President Hu Jintao (front L) talks with Wu Bangguo (front R), chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 13, 2009. The annual NPC session closed on Friday. (Xinhua Photo)

Chinese President Hu Jintao (front L) talks with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao during the closing meeting of the Second Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 13, 2009. (Xinhua Photo)

The closing meeting of the Second Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC) is held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 13, 2009.(Xinhua Photo)

BEIJING, March 13 (Xinhua) -- The Second Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, began its closing meeting here Friday morning, presided over by Wu Bangguo, chairman of the NPC Standing Committee.

President Hu Jintao and other top leaders attended the closing meeting.

Lawmakers endorsed a government work report delivered by Premier Wen Jiabao on March 5 that called on the nation to promote economic and social development and outlined an all-around stimulus plan to shore up economy amid global downturn.

Wen's report was approved with 2,824 votes from the 2,898 NPC deputies present at the closing meeting.

Wen said in the report that the country is "able to achieve" an economic growth at about 8 percent as long as right policies are implemented.

While delivering a closing speech, Wu Bangguo hailed this NPC session as a "complete success".

He said NPC deputies "earnestly" performed their duty according to the law and actively put forward proposals.

The NPC session received 518 motions, covering economy, politics, culture, society and ecology, according to Wang Wanbin, vice secretary-general of the legislative session.

Wu said, "The resolutions adopted by the session fully embody the unity of the Party's views and the people's will, and reflect a shared wish of people of all ethnic groups."

The nation was still facing "hardships and challenges", he said, adding people should work hard and strive to embrace the 60th anniversary of the founding of New China with new achievements.

At the closing meeting, the legislators also adopted resolutions on the national development plan, budgets, and the work reports of the NPC Standing Committee, the Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's Procuratorate.

The annual session of the national legislature opened here on March 5.

The NPC is the highest institution through which the Chinese people exercise their state power.

In 1953, China held people's congresses at different levels. In1954, the First National People's Congress was convened, marking the establishment of the people's congress system in China.

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