China's parliament Wednesday ended an annual 20-day session hailed as its most democratic and open ever by passing laws that reconfirm the government's commitment to economic reform.

The National People's Congress' 2,900 delegates approved a government work report by Premier Li Peng urging more market-oriented reforms while acknowledging serious problems with rising prices and faltering agricultural production. There were three opposing votes and six abstentions.

The congress produced few surprises and solidified Communist Party leader Zhao Ziyang's position as the nation's strongest political figure behind his mentor, semi-retired senior leader Deng Xiaoping.