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Party leaders join NPC group discussions


He said the country is facing challenges due to the global economic crisis. But he added there are still opportunities to turn the situation around, if a series of macro-economic regulations can be implemented correctly to boost domestic demand and adjust industrial structure.

Wu Bangguo (front R), member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and also chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), shakes hands with a deputy to the Second Session of the 11th NPC from east China's Anhui Province, in Beijing, capital of China, March 5, 2009. Wu Bangguo joined in the panel discussion of Anhui delegation on the opening day of the Second Session of the 11th NPC. (Xinhua/Liu Jiansheng)
Wu Bangguo (front R), member of the Standing Committee of 
the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) 
Central Committee and also chairman of the Standing Committee 
of the National People's Congress (NPC), shakes hands with a 
deputy to the Second Session of the 11th NPC from east China's 
Anhui Province, in Beijing, capital of China, March 5, 2009. 
Wu Bangguo joined in the panel discussion of Anhui delegation 
on the opening day of the Second Session of the 11th NPC. 
(Xinhua/Liu Jiansheng)

The President also showed his concern for people's livelihood. He promised to expand employment, improve the social security system, raise the standard of education and medical services and improve food and drug safety work.

Hu Jintao also requested governments at various levels to conserve more in budget spending and serve the people in a more responsible way.