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Party reveals plans for Shanghai's next 5 years

The 10th Shanghai Municipal Congress of the Communist Party of China ended yesterday with the election of a new CPC Shanghai Committee.

At the first plenary meeting of the new CPC Shanghai Committee, Yu Zhengsheng was elected Party secretary and Han Zheng and Yin Yicui deputy Party secretaries.

The first plenary meeting also elected nine other officials - Yang Xiaodu, Tu Guangshao, Yang Zhenwu, Li Xi, Ding Xuexiang, Xu Lin, Ai Baojun, Sha Hailin and Yin Hong - as members of the standing committee.

"The new Party committee will work all out to meet people's expectations of accelerating Shanghai's growth and making Shanghai a better city," Yu told reporters. "Shanghai will solidify its position in reform and opening up, and give a better performance in the next five years."

Delegates also voted for representatives to attend the 18th CPC National Congress, which will convene in the second half of the year in Beijing.

The five-day Shanghai meeting passed a report delivered by the previous committee summarizing its work over the past five years and set goals for the future. A resolution released yesterday said these goals "were practical and reflected the common wishes of ordinary people."

Shanghai aims to raise its gross domestic product per capita to US$20,000 in the next five years, up from the current US$12,800.

Output of the service industry should constitute more than 65 percent in the city's total economic output by 2016, up from 57.9 percent last year.

To stimulate innovation, the city needs to spend 3.3 percent of its GDP value in research and development in the next five years, compared with the current 2.9 percent.

The Party will enhance the leadership by managing its affairs more scientifically, pay more attention to the training of cadres, forge closer relationships between Party members and ordinary people, and strengthen supervision and scrutiny among Party members to prevent corruption.

Also, Shanghai should limit the unemployment rate and keep consumer prices largely stable.

People's incomes should rise faster than economic growth.

The session also encouraged delegates to hand in proposals for the first time to better serve their responsibilities.

Altogether 123 proposals were collected, and they covered a wide range of topics including acceleration of economic restructuring, the construction of a stronger system of accountability, more attraction for professionals, and better management of Party affairs.


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