Political advisors discuss issues in 13th five year plan

China's senior political advisors met on Tuesday to offer advice and suggestions on economic and social issues to be included in the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020).

A total of 13 political advisors spoke at the Standing Committee meeting of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, which was presided over by Yu Zhengsheng, Chairman of the CPPCC National Committee.

China should focus on fine-tuning and structural adjustment of the macro-economy, and preventing the volatility that comes with abrupt policy switches, said advisor Li Yining, also a top Chinese economist.

He stressed an economic growth mode of "progressing while remaining stable."

CPPCC Standing Committee member Li Yizhong suggested that China should accelerate economic upgrades in the next five years and transforming China's manufacturing industry from "big" to "strong."

China should also comprehensively promote higher education among the people and build itself into a power of talent, according to CPPCC member Ma Dexiu.

Other advisors also want the environment better protected and life of the ethnic minorities and people in the west parts of China further improved.

China has drafted five-year plans since 1953 to map strategies for overall economic and social development, setting growth targets and defining development policies.

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