China concludes its annual parliament session, the full meeting of the National People's Congress in Beijing. Rough cut - subtitled (No reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT-SUBTITLED (NO REPORTER NARRATION) China concluded its annual parliamentary session, the full meeting of the largely rubber-stamp National People's Congress (NPC), on Wednesday (March 15) in Beijing. Chinese President Xi Jinping walked into the main hall of Beijing's Great Hall of the People followed by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, in the presence of nearly 3,000 delegates. Chairman of the National People's Congress Standing Committee Zhang Dejiang announced the end of the session after rounds of voting for bills and proposals submitted by delegates during the NPC session. The delegates approved a number of documents, including the government work report, the national economic and social development plan and the central budget. "The major achievement of this session is that (we) reviewed and approved the 13th five-year plan for national economy and social development," Zhang said at the closing ceremony. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang announced that its economy will grow by at least 6.5 percent over the next five years as he opened China's annual parliament on March 5. Growth of 6.5 percent would mark a ripping pace for most countries but would be the slowest in China in a quarter century as world's No. 2 economy grapples with gyrating financial markets, softening global trade and efforts to reduce environmental degradation.