Chinese premier meets press

Premier Wen Jiabao meets press
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao arrived at the central hall on the third floor of the Great Hall of the People at 17:07 Sunday here to meet the press, shortly after the closing meeting of the Second Session of the Tenth National People's Congress (NPC).

China National Radio, China Radio International and China Central Television are broadcasting the press conference live. Official portals of Xinhuanet, and are also simultaneously covering the conference attracting over 600 domestic and foreign reporters.

Premier Wen vows to live up to people's expectations
Premier Wen Jiabao pledged that his government will stand new challenges and live up to the expectations of the people, when he met a group of Chinese and overseas journalists at a press conference shortly after the conclusion of the parliament session Sunday afternoon.

The premier called the year 2003 an extraordinary year as China won an "important victory" over the outbreak of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome") and scored "obvious achievements" in its economic development. But the achievements are only a reflection of the past, he said.

"A wise nation is one good at learning, especially the one that is good at learning from difficulties," Wen acknowledged. The most crucial are the experience, lessons and revelation they have brought about instead of achievements.

This year's goal is to maintain a balanced, relatively-fast economic growth, the premier said. The most difficult problems involved agriculture, rural areas and farmers, and what he cares most are matters pertaining to people's interests.

The Chinese premier pledged to continue reform, innovation and forging ahead courageously.

Source: Xinhua

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