Meeting reviews development plan
The executive meeting of the State Council, China’s Cabinet, presided over by Premier Li Keqiang on Dec 7, reviewed three major arrangements of the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20), namely, promoting the economic rise of central regions, improving information technology and encouraging technological breakthroughs. The plans are aimed at achieving a more balanced development and a better economic structure. The State Council recently released a guideline that requires supportive policies be devised for farmers so that by 2020 they can double their income compared to 2010. There are four aspects to the policies, namely strengthening protection of agriculture, strengthening support for rural job-seekers and business starters, establishing a longterm development integration system for the urban and rural areas, and improving welfare for vulnerable groups.