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Premier Wen says people's livelihood an especially important task

(Xinhua)

21:19, October 23, 2011

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R, front) talks to a job seeker at a talent market in Nanning, capital of south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Oct. 21, 2011. Wen made an inspection tour in Nanning on Oct. 21 and 22 while attending the eighth China-ASEAN Expo. (Xinhua/Ma Zhancheng)

NANNING, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said here on Saturday that ensuring and improving people's well-being must be put at a highly significant position in the nation's macroeconomic control policies.

"Ensuring people's livelihood is closely related not only to social and economic advancement, but also to the people's benefits as well as social harmony and stability," Wen made these remarks during an inspection tour of Nanning, the host city of the ongoing six-day China-ASEAN Expo, in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

During his tour from Friday to Saturday, Wen made field trips to a job fair, farm produce fairs and residential areas in Nanning in order to acquire detailed information about the consumer prices, employment, and the social security system.

The Chinese government has made containing price increases a top priority this year. The consumer price index (CPI), a major gauge of inflation, rose 6.1 percent year on year last month, easing from 6.7 percent in July, which was the highest level in more than three years.

However, despite the ease, the inflation currently still far exceeds the government's full-year target of 4 percent.

Wen urged the local government to attach greater importance to agricultural production and the supply of farm produce at the markets. He also asked the local authorities to think of ways in reducing logistics costs and to enlarge reserves.

"Measures that are designed to contain prices must be implemented to benefit the grassroots," he said.


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