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No numerical target? All eyes on China's 2020 GDP outlook

Goal omission by National People's Congress would be first time in decades

Chinese President Xi Jinping walks past officials wearing face masks as he arrives for the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 21.

BEIJING -- With the Chinese economy struggling to bounce back from the coronavirus pandemic, speculation has grown that the country may not set a numerical growth target this year, which would mark the first time in three decades its parliamentary body skipped setting a goal.

China usually announces its annual economic growth and inflation targets through a speech by Premier Li Keqiang at the annual National People's Congress. This year's session starts Friday, postponed from March 5 because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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