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UPDATED: 17:39, March 01, 2006
Two premiers, different temperament, same faithfulness
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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and former Premier Zhu Rongji display quite different temperaments, but they are simply the same in being faithful to their job.

Former Premier Zhu gave people a serious, strict and even harsh impression. He seemed too serious to approach, too strict to show any smile and too harsh to tolerate even the slightest mistake.

Premier Wen, like his surname, is gentle, easy to approach, and used to keeping a low profile, often smiling. When he speaks, his tone is always very mild and cultivated.

Zhu detests injustice and never tolerates corruption and graft. He hates those who cheat their superiors and cover up things to their subordinates. He couldn't tolerate the action of benefiting oneself at the cost of public interest or doing harm to the national interest. He severely dealt with the Xiamen Yuanhua smuggling case and the smuggling case in Zhanjiang in Guangdong province which involved many local officials. He was hard on fake and shoddy goods and severely punished those who told lies and reported false achievements. He gave people an impression that neither bribes nor pressure could deflect him from administering the law justly and punishing those who broke the law with due severity.

Wen takes another style by going to the grass-root more often, visiting ordinary people's homes, going to disaster-stricken areas, seeing the wounded and going to the frontline of anti-SARS and anti-flood battles. He loves the people as if they were his sons and daughters, brothers and sisters. He helped the migrant workers get their payments and wept for miners who died in accidents. He leaves people a gentle and kind image and one can't help saying that he is a good premier who earnestly bears the people in mind.

As a matter of fact, Zhu has his amiable and kind nature tucked behind his severe appearance. He talked with university students, went to the grass-root to get a real picture of people's lives and helped to solve any problem that needed immediate solution. His strictness reflects his integrity and honesty. He was strict with those who failed to fulfill their job, but appreciated those who were down-to-earth and devoted to the people.

Premier Wen is gentle to people, but his smile freezes when it comes to irresponsible behaviors by irresponsible officials. He immediately punished those who covered up SARS cases and severely disciplined those responsible for safety accidents.

Though amiable and easy to approach, he is also very persistent, never flinching from difficulties or pressure. Always keeping a low profile, he is also courageous and resolute. This was reflected in his work of dealing with SARS issue, migrant workers' payment and safety problems.

Zhu's hardness, strictness and seriousness are all reflected in his work and his attitude towards his responsibility for the Party, the country and the people. No matter how harsh or strict he is, it is for the country's prosperity and people's well being.

Being gentle and always in low-profile is Wen's attitude towards work and cause. He is gentle to the people, but very serious to his cause. He is always endeavoring to do better and never contented with his achievements.

Despite their different characters, the two premiers have similar attitudes towards their responsibilities. It is indeed a blessing for the Chinese people to have such premiers.

By People's Daily Online

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