HEADLINE People's Daily Tonight (3/3/2018 Sat.)


People's Daily Tonight (3/3/2018 Sat.)

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19:47, March 03, 2018


This is People's Daily Tonight. With the opening of the first session of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference , what are the public's expectations this year?

A survey on the two sessions conducted by People's Daily Online shows that anti-corruption and social security top the list of the hottest topics Chinese people are concerned with in 2018.

The results show that people care about anti-corruption and social security the most this year, followed by educational reform, medical reform and poverty alleviation. Opening up and rural revitalization rank the top two among the newly added options.



Anti-corruption holds the top position

Among the surveys on the "two sessions" over the past 16 years, "anti-corruption" tops the list and holds the top position as the topic people are most concerned with again this year.

In the past year, China's central government has maintained the anti-corruption momentum with remarkable achievements in campaigns of "taking out tigers", "swat flies" and "hunt down foxes."

40% netizens care about widowed elderly people with no family

Social security has always been an important topic in the "two sessions". In terms of social security system reform, national unified management on pension schemes has been the focus followed by the call for the continuous improvement in basic pension benefits. At the same time, the survey shows that more than 40 percent of netizens believe widowed elderly people with no family need social care the most.

Education becomes the focus once again

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For two consecutive years, anti-corruption, social security and medical system reform have been the top three buzzwords. After 13 years, education has ranked among the top three hot topics again since educational reform has been vigorously promoted in 2017 as the reform of the national college entrance examinations has been implemented in each province.

The report to the 19th CPC National Congress said that "We will strive to see that each and every child has fair access to good education," setting a new target for China's educational reform in the new era. The survey result shows that over half of the netizens agree that the gap between rural and urban areas in terms of educational resources narrowed in 2017.

Great changes since reform and opening up policy

Reform and opening up and rural revitalization appeared in the "two sessions" survey as new options, and ranked No. 7 and No. 9, respectively, becoming the top two hot topics among those newly added. 

Rural revitalization has also become a focus in the "two sessions" in 2018. Around 40 percent of netizens think that problems such as the incompetence of leading officials in rural areas, insufficient infrastructure conditions and inadequate medical resources should be handled urgently. 

About 30 percent of netizens said integrated planning and collaborative promotion with urbanization is an important measure for rural revitalization. The task of how to develop highly productive agriculture with superior quality and high efficiency has become another hot topic.  

And that's People's Daily Tonight. Thanks for joining us.

(Produced by Han Xiaomeng, Zhao Dantong)

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