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China People's Congress

China hails 2019 as a 'critical year' to realize Xi's goals

Nation's biggest political meetings of the year kicked off on Sunday

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Beijing's Great Hall of the People on March 3.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- Chinese lawmakers on Sunday began the first of the nation's two biggest legislative meetings with a rallying call to achieve the goals set by the leadership.

"This year is a critical year for us in completing the [goal] of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects by 2020," said Wang Yang, chair of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, or CPPCC -- the country's foremost political advisory body.

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