Wen: China to be developed, democratic, peaceful

08:30, June 28, 2011      

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao delivers a speech at the Royal Society in London, Britain, June 27, 2011. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said Monday in London that China will continue to grow and become an economically developed, democratic, just, civilized and peace-heralding country.

Delivering a speech to the Royal Society of Britain, the reform-minded Chinese premier said that only through vigorous reform and opening-up to the outside world, which Mr. Deng Xiaoping initiated in late 1970s and uttered a massively transformed country to the global stage, China can realize Deng's long-cherished goal of modernization and civilization.

In his speech, Wen bombarded corruption and income disparities are the two factors that have drawn rising grievances from the public and could harm the country's progress.

"To be frank, corruption, unfair income distribution and other ills that harm the people's interests still exist in China," he told an audience at the Royal Society, an institution devoted to scientific development and promotion.

Following is the full text of Premier Wen Jiabao's speech at Britain's Royal Society
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Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society, Dear Fellows, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It gives me great pleasure to visit the renowned Royal Society today. I have just received the Royal Society King Charles II Medal. To me, it is not only a personal honor, but also a recognition of China's advances in science and technology. Indeed, it is a symbol of friendship and cooperation between the Chinese and British science communities, and I wish to express my heartfelt appreciation to you for awarding me the medal.

The Royal Society is the most prestigious science institution in the UK and the oldest science society in the world. It is often associated with such towering figures as Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking, who have made epoch-making contribution to the advancement of science and technology. I wish to also salute all the Fellows present today for your outstanding achievements in promoting human progress.

This is my fourth visit to the UK as China's premier. During this visit, I have a very different impression from my last visit two years ago, in early 2009. Back then, the UK was hit by both a rare heavy snow and the global financial crisis. Coming to London from Davos, I could sense anxiety and uneasiness in the air. I remember saying during that visit, "Confidence is more important than currency and gold." But now back in mid-summer London, I can see that people have regained confidence. I greatly admire the UK's efforts and achievements.
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