CHINA PUBLIC AFFAIRS UPDATE 3
Making breakthroughs in reform in important areas
, such as economic structure, administrative system, fiscal and tax system, financial sector; and improving the distribution and structure of the state
Ushering in a new phase of China's opening to the outside world and ensuring its high standard performance
: opening up more service sectors to foreign capital, leveling the playing field for domestic and foreign enterprises, making it a strategic priority to upgrade exports and promote balanced growth of foreign trade, and increasing China’s competitiveness through expanding its business presence overseas.
Making domestic demand the main engine driving growth
: enhancing consumption ability by increasing people’s income, fostering new areas of consumption, supporting nongovernmental investment in elderly care, health, tourism and culture, and promoting information consumption.
Advancing agricultural modernization and rural reform and development
: increasing agricultural production capability and guaranteeing basic self
sufficiency of cereal grains and absolute grain security, concentrating investment on building a number of major water conservation projects, and granting farmers more property rights.
Carrying out a new type of people
: putting people as first priority, and integrating the development of industrialization, IT application, urbanization and agricultural modernization.
Using innovation to support and lead economic structural improvement and upgrading
: accelerating reform of the science and technology management system, encouraging enterprises to set up research institutes and implementing preferential policies such as extra deductions for R&D expenses, and strengthening intellectual property rights protection.
Accelerating the development of education, health, culture and other social programs:
consolidating national basic medical insurance system and integrating the basic medical insurance system for rural residents with that for non
working urban residents, strengthening urban and rural medical assistance and emergency assistance, and abolishing the practice of compensating for low medical service charges with high drug charges.
Making coordinated efforts to ensure and improve people’s wellbeing
: making employment as top priority, deepening reform in the income distribution system, and establishing a unified basic old
age insurance system for both rural and urban nonworking residents.
Building China into a beautiful homeland with a sound ecological environment
: taking strong measures to strengthen pollution prevention and control such as shutting down 50,000 small coal
fired furnaces and implementing clean water action plan; and strengthening energy conservation and emission reduction and imposing a ceiling for total energy consumption.
Major Tasks of 2014