China has set its economic growth target at around 5.5 percent for 2022. A slower growth on the surface actually now carries more weight. The policies set for this year are also sustainable and have taken into account long-term development needs.
China supports all efforts to resolve the Ukraine crisis by peaceful means, and is willing to work with the international community to play a positive role for an early return of peace in the country.
Tax, fee cuts and tax refunds are the most direct, fair and effective measures to help businesses and to steady the overall economy, and the government will scale up such efforts if they deliver positive outcomes.
It's like building a deeper pool to farm more fish. Our tax and fee cut and refund measures have helped to nurture business growth and create more sources of tax revenue.
This year, the central government's transfer payments to local governments is likely to increase by 18 percent compared with last year to 9.8 trillion yuan ($1.55 trillion).
The central government follows the COVID-19 situation developments in Hong Kong every day and has deep concern for the life, health and safety of residents in Hong Kong.
The government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) should assume the primary responsibility in fighting COVID-19 and the central government will give its full support.
China will continue to make its COVID-19 response more scientific and targeted based on the epidemic situation and new developments and features of the virus.
China will prevent and control the epidemic to protect people's life, health and safety to keep up the normal running of work and life, and ensure security of industrial and supply chains.
This requires the government to pursue self-targeted reform to show that government power is not about departments or other interests but to help market entities flourish.
China has streamlined administration, delegated power, improved regulation and upgraded services to improve its business environment.
Over 1,000 items for administrative approval had been canceled or delegated to lower-level authorities, and all items for non-administrative approval had been eliminated.
China will strengthen supervision over sectors that are closely related to the health and interests of the people, and will improve oversight and regulation of new business models and forms to enable all market entities to compete and develop in a fair and just environment.
Now that the door has been opened, it shouldn't be shut again, nor should there be decoupling. China-US cooperation benefits both countries and the world, and there should be more dialogue and communication between the two countries.
Our policy support for these industries in special difficulty is not just about providing these industries with timely help, it will also help bring greater warmth to our people's lives and add greater vibrancy to China's economy.
Compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Straits are members of one big family and this fraternal bond can never be severed. The mainland will continue to share development opportunities with Taiwan compatriots and provide those coming to work and live on the mainland equal treatment. We will also take concrete measures and help them solve difficulties.
When the people on both sides of the Straits come together and forge ahead in unity, we will be able to promote the peaceful growth of cross-Straits relations and share the benefits of the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.
It's the responsibility of the government to follow the aspiration of the people, help them resolve concerns and difficulties and enable them to live a better life. One policy this year is to make electronic ID cards. We'll also provide more convenience for elderly people who do not use smartphones regularly. At the same time, we'll also protect information security and individual privacy.
The recent incident involving the gross violation of one woman's rights and interests was indeed deeply distressing and we feel indignant about it. Those who disregard people's pain and suffering must be held accountable, and those involved in trafficking women must be brought to justice and prosecuted to the full extent of law.
China will maintain the course of wider openness, no matter how the international environment may change, just as the course of the Yangtze and Yellow rivers will not be reversed. Anything that is conducive to expanding high-level opening-up, we will go for it. It has been 40 years since China began on this journey, opening-up has brought benefits to the country, its people and the world. We will not and must not close this door of opportunity.
编辑：左卓 焦洁 朱迪齐 高天沛