Beijing declares major win over COVID-19, economic goals in government work report
Published: Jan 23, 2021 04:00 PM

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Beijing's Mayor, Chen Jining, delivered the Chinese capital city's government work report on Saturday, at the fourth session of the 15th Beijing municipal people's congress, declaring major strategic achievements in the city's COVID-19 fight in 2020, and announcing its economic goal of more than 6 percent GDP growth in 2021.

The Beijing government work report said that the city managed to curb imported COVID-19 cases and contain the cluster infection related to the Xinfadi wholesales market outbreak. 

A slew of new policies and action plans have been implemented to enhance the public health and emergency response system, which will help cement the achievements, the report said.

Alongside strict virus containment measures, the city revealed its economic blue print for the year. It sets its regional GDP at above 6 percent, and the consumer price index (CPI) growth around 3 percent.

The report also stressed it will carry out COVID-19 vaccinations in the city in an orderly fashion.

The Beijing News on Saturday reported that  by January 19, more than 1.9 million people in Beijing had been given their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

According to the government report, Beijing has completed the construction of all competition venues for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games and Paralymic Games. And the building of non-competition venues and other temporary facility will be completed before the end of this year.

High-tech elements including artificial intelligent, robotic technology, 5G+8K communication technology and digital renminbi will be in use during the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games.

Beijing will also complete volunteer recruitment and training, and tickets will go on sale later this year.

Chen also announced Saturday that Beijing will roll out protection regulations for the Grand Canal and the Great Wall cultural parks, and push forward legislation governing Beijing Central Axis cultural heritage protection laws.

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