REPORT ON THE WORK OF THE GOVERNMENT
Delivered at the Fourth Session of the 12th National People’s Congress of
the People’s Republic of China on March 5, 2016
Li Keqiang Premier of the State Council
On behalf of the State Council, I will now report to you on the work of the government for your deliberation and approval. I invite comments on my report from the members of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).
☆冠词使用：the State Council
☆政协委员 the members of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference
☆Deliberation /dɪˌlɪbəˈreɪʃən/ : Deliberation is the long and careful consideration of a subject. 仔细的考虑
例：In this house nothing is there by chance: it is always the result of great deliberation. 在这房子里，没有什么东西是偶然的——总是非常仔细考虑后的结果。
Let me start with a review of the work we did in 2015.
In the past year, China has encountered many difficulties and challenges in its development. However, under the leadership of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) headed by General Secretary Xi Jinping, and with confidence and courage, all the people of China have worked to overcome obstacles and have pressed ahead with a pioneering spirit. As a result, progress has been achieved and stability ensured in economic and social development, the main tasks and targets for the year have been fulfilled, and major achievements have been made in reform, opening up, and socialist modernization.
☆全国各族人民 all the people of China
☆攻坚克难 overcome obstacles
☆开拓进取 press ahead with a pioneering spirit
— The economy operated within an appropriate range. GDP reached 67.7 trillion yuan, representing an increase of 6.9% over the previous year – a growth rate faster than that of most other major economies.
☆[多信息英译 | 分句过多]
☆分词 ing + 独立主格 + with + or + 定语从句 ··· 等联用
☆根据 沈园《从政府工作报告的翻译谈中译英的几个问题》，报告汉译英过程典型问题为 ：
1) 汉语无主句的问题 ；
3)汉语名词短语 前过长过多的修饰语 ；
Food crop production increased for the 12th year in a row. Consumer prices grew slowly.
☆粮食产量 Food crop production
☆连续 in a row
Of particular note, the employment situation overall remained stable, with 13.12 million new urban jobs created over the course of the year, surpassing the year’s target and becoming an economic highlight.
☆译文框架：主谓宾 + with + ing + and + ing
☆特别是 Of particular note
☆经济运行的一大亮点 an economic highlight
☆超过 surpass / overtake （见下文）
— Encouraging progress was made in structural adjustment.
The service sector as a proportion of GDP rose to 50.5%, accounting for more than half for the first time.
☆积极进展 Encouraging progress
☆结构调整 structural adjustment
☆服务业在国内生产总值中的比重 The service sector as a proportion of GDP
The contribution of consumption toward economic growth reached 66.4%. High-tech industries and equipment manufacturing grew faster than other industries. Energy consumption per unit of GDP fell by 5.6%.
☆下降 ··· fall by
☆高技术产业 High-tech industries
☆装备制造业 equipment manufacturing
☆单位国内生产总值能耗 Energy consumption per unit of GDP
☆消费对经济增长的贡献率 The contribution of consumption toward economic growth
— New driving forces for development grew rapidly. Further progress was made in implementing the strategy of innovation-driven development, the penetration of the Internet into all industries picked up pace, and emerging industries grew rapidly.
☆加速 pick up pace
☆快速增长 grow rapidly
Business startups and innovations by the general public flourished, with the number of newly registered businesses rising by 21.6% in 2015, or an average of 12,000 new businesses per day.
☆大众创业、万众创新 Business startups and innovations by the general public
New driving forces played a major role in keeping employment stable and pushing ahead industry upgrading, and are now driving profound economic and social change in China.
☆促升级 push ahead industry upgrading
☆发挥了突出作用 play a major role
— Living standards improved. Personal per capita disposable income increased by 7.4% in real terms, overtaking the growth rate of the economy.
☆快于 overtake： If someone or something overtakes a competitor, they become more successful than them. 超过
例：Lung cancer has now overtaken breast cancer as a cause of death for women in the U.S. 肺癌作为一种美国女性死亡原因现已超过了乳腺癌。
By the end of last year, personal savings deposits had risen by 8.5%, an increase of more than four trillion yuan. In rural areas, another 64.34 million people gained access to safe drinking water and greater alleviation efforts reduced the number of people living in poverty by 14.42 million.
A number of world-class innovations were made in science and technology. Major headway was made in the development of 3G nuclear power technology, China’s self-developed C919 large jetliner rolled off the assembly line, and Tu Youyou was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine.
☆取得重大进展 Major headway was made in···
☆第三代核电技术 3G nuclear power technology
☆诺贝尔生理学或医学奖 the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine
These achievements in China’s development, a source of pride and motivation for our people, did not come easily.
They were made in the context of an extremely complicated and challenging international environment. In 2015, world economic growth fell to its lowest rate in six years, growth in international trade slowed, commodity prices plummeted, and there was growing volatility in the global financial market. All this had a direct impact on China’s economy.
☆去年世界经济增速为6年来最低 world economic growth fell to its lowest rate in six years
☆震荡加剧 growing volatility
☆[All this had a direct impact on China’s economy.] 总结句常见的翻译处理方法：All this | By doing so 等等。
They were made at the same time as deep-seated domestic problems were becoming prominent and downward pressure on the economy was mounting.
While dealing with the slowdown in economic growth, making difficult structural adjustments, and absorbing the effects of previous economic stimulus policies, China was also confronted with many difficult problems and choices in the running of the economy, and this called for effective responses based on the need both to combine long-term and short-term considerations and to seek benefit and avoid harm.
☆趋利避害 seek benefit and avoid harm
☆经济工作 the running of the economy
☆需要 call for
☆远近结合 combine long-term and short-term considerations
Finally, they were made at a time when China’s economic output had exceeded 60 trillion yuan.
☆此句翻译时避开了原文框架，避开在·····基数上，而是用时间 at a time when 来替换。
Every percentage point of GDP growth today is equivalent to 1.5 percentage points of growth five years ago or 2.5 percentage points of growth ten years ago. The larger the economy grows, the greater the difficulty of achieving growth.
In the face of these difficulties and pressures, all our people have truly exerted themselves and progressed step by step to get us where we are today. This once again demonstrates that no difficulty or hardship will ever stop China from moving forward.
☆Exert：If you exert yourself, you make a great physical or mental effort, or work hard to do something. 耗费 (自己的精力)
例：Do not exert yourself unnecessarily.不要无谓地耗费自己的精力。