Chinese PremierLi Keqiangjoins a group deliberation of deputies from Chongqing to the annual session of the National People's Congress in Beijing, capital of China, March 8, 2016. (Xinhua/Ding Haitao)
Premier Li Keqiang and other Chinese leaders joined national lawmakers Tuesday to deliberate the government work report, stressing reform and development.
Speaking to lawmakers from Chongqing, Li urged them to continue administrative streamlining and improving services to stimulate people's creativity and vitality.
Chongqing should take a leading role in reform and opening up in central and western China by improving technology and governance and developing brands, the premier said.
He said Chongqing should nurture new growth drivers and enhance the productivity of traditional industries by capitalizing on the country's urbanization wave.
The southwestern metropolis should serve as a pacemaker in the development of the Yangtze River economic belt and give impetus to China's "Go West" development strategy.
Joining lawmakers from Jilin Province, Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, called for revitalizing the northeastern industrial base.
Zhang asked the province to upgrade industries, foster new growth drivers, deepen reform of state-owned enterprises and support private companies.
The province should also modernize agriculture, Zhang added.