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Chinese Premier calls for further reforms, opening up to tackle crisis
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20:01, March 10, 2009

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Premier Wen Jiabao said in Beijing Tuesday China must deepen reforms and further open up as the country tackles economic woes.

The policy of reform and opening up is the key choice that determines the future of China in the contemporary era and the country's powerful weapon in fighting the global financial crisis, said Wen when joining a panel discussion with lawmakers from Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

"The more difficulties we face, the more firmly we should stick to reforms and opening up," Wen told the lawmakers who are attending the annual session of the National People's Congress, the top legislative body.

The country should improve its development model with the spirit of reform and innovation and forge its advantage in international economic cooperation and competition by adhering to opening up, said Wen.

"Only by deepening reforms can we continuously perfect the socialist system and fully mobilize the enthusiasm and creativity of the people ... only by opening up can we learn from the achievements of human society and better tap the domestic and foreign markets and resources," he said.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (front R) joins a panel discussion with deputies to the Second Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC) from north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, in Beijing, capital of China, March 10, 2009. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

Other senior leaders stressed more efforts for people's well-being and economic development Tuesday.

Li Changchun, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, urged for a better "soft environment" for China's development including a clean and efficient government, a democratic and just judicial system, fair play in market competition, a safe and stable society, a comfortable and convenient life, a healthy and upright morality, a sustainable environment, and a social and cultural environment conducive for the growth of young people.

The government should strengthen the management of the Internet, radio and TV broadcasts, the publication market and campus environment to curb the spreading of "decadent, backward and vulgar" culture among the youth, Li said when joining a panel discussion with lawmakers from the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

Vice Premier Li Keqiang told NPC deputies from the southwestern border province of Yunnan that economic development and people's welfare concerns social stability.

He urged local governments to spare no efforts in creating jobs, and improving low-income housing, rural infrastructure and ecological protection.

When joining discussions with lawmakers from the southmost province of Hainan, He Guoqiang, secretary of the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, said the tropical island should give priority to planning and environmental protection in pursuing its goal of becoming a major international tourist destination.

Zhou Yongkang, member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Central Committee Political Bureau, underscored ecological protection, ethnic unity and social harmony when discussing with NPC deputies from the northwestern Qinghai Province.

Qinghai must be more aggressive in developing environmentally-friendly industries, increase the revenues of farmers and herdsmen and improve education in ethnic minority areas, said Zhou.

Source: Xinhua


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