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Chinese leaders: Crisis also means opportunity

Source: Xinhua | 03-07-2009 20:20

Special Report:   2009 NPC & CPPCC Sessions
Special Report:   Global Financial Crisis

BEIJING, March 7 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao said here Saturday that the current international financial crisis, despite its severe impact on China's economy, also means an opportunity for the country.

Chinese President Hu Jintao (front, 2nd R) talks to female deputies during the panel discussion of deputies to the Second Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC) from south China’s Guangdong Province as International Women's Day is coming, in Beijing, capital of China, March 7, 2009. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

Chinese President Hu Jintao (front, 2nd R) talks to female 
deputies during the panel discussion of deputies to the 
Second Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC) 
from south China’s Guangdong Province as International Women's 
Day is coming, in Beijing, capital of China, March 7, 2009. 
(Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

China should take the opportunity to change its development pattern and realize structural adjustment so as to maintain a steady and relatively fast economic growth, Hu said when joining a panel discussion with deputies of the National People's Congress (NPC) from south China's Guangdong Province.

"Challenge and opportunity always come together. Under certain conditions, one could be transformed into the other," Hu said.

Hu said China should make full use of its advantages to break the bottlenecks of development. He also called for efforts to promptly and creatively implement the policies and plans of the central government to create conditions for solid and rapid development in the future.