On 22 May 2020, the third session of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC) opened in Beijing. Premier Li
Keqiang released the 2020 Government Work Report on behalf of the State Council.14 China’s overall economic
operation kept stable in 2019, with 6.1% of GDP increase. The discharge of major pollutants continued to decline,
and the overall ecological environment improved.
In 2020, due to the big uncertainty of COVID-19 and economic and trading environment, China will not set a specific target for the GDP growth rate. It aims to stabilize employment, protect people’s livelihood, support major project construction, and relieve the pressure of small and medium-sized enterprises. The Report also introduces the focus of energy sector in 2020. It covers three major aspects, energy security, electricity price reduction and the “two new and one major” construction.