As coronavirus exacts a heavy economic toll, China declines to set growth target
“Our country will face some factors that are difficult to predict in its development due to the great uncertainty regarding the covid-19 pandemic and the world economic and trade environment,” Li said to the 3,000-plus deputies and party cadres gathered in the Great Hall of the People on the edge of Tiananmen Square.
The Congress, the second component of the “Two Sessions” annual political meetings that began on Thursday after a two-month delay because of the coronavirus outbreak, is a forum for the party to rubber-stamp policy and personnel decisions that have been decided in advance.
At the opening of the “first session,” the meeting of the top political advisory group, party leaders announced that they would be moving to exert more control over Hong Kong, a move that essentially spells the end of the “one country, two systems” framework that has allowed the city to operate relatively independently of Beijing.
There was little mention of Hong Kong at the opening session on Friday, however, with Li delivering the shortest speech …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]