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What to watch out for at China's annual parliamentary session

Security guards patrol on Wangfujing pedestrian street in Beijing, on March 3, 2021.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

BEIJING - Thousands of China's lawmakers and advisers are gathering for its annual parliamentary session on Thursday (March 4), barely nine months after its previous meeting which was delayed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

This year's session will be watched for a fresh blueprint that will set out the country's economic trajectory and environmental targets for the next five years. But a GDP figure for the year is unlikely to be announced, given the uncertainty brought on by the pandemic and last year's low rate of growth.

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