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Party leaders join NPC group discussions


Li Changchun, a senior Party leader, joined the group discussion of Sichuan province. He encouraged the quake-hit area to continue tenacious and persistent efforts in post-disaster construction. And he also said the province should make strides in economic development by employing both cultural and tourism resources.

Li Changchun (front R), member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, shakes hands with a deputy to the Second Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC) from southwest China's Sichuan Province, in Beijing, capital of China, March 5, 2009. Li Changchun joined in the panel discussion of Sichuan delegation on the opening day of the Second Session of the 11th NPC. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)
Li Changchun (front R), member of the Standing Committee 
of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China 
(CPC) Central Committee, shakes hands with a deputy to 
the Second Session of the 11th National People's Congress 
(NPC) from southwest China's Sichuan Province, in Beijing, 
capital of China, March 5, 2009. Li Changchun joined in 
the panel discussion of Sichuan delegation on the opening 
day of the Second Session of the 11th NPC. 
(Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)

Vice president Xi Jinping held a discussion with NPC deputies from Shanghai. He encouraged the country's economic hub to support the service industry's growth and develop into a center for international finance, trade and shipping.