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"Be an old steed": Wen makes emotional press finale

By Zhou Erjie (Xinhua)

08:22, March 15, 2012

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao speaks during a press conference after the closing meeting of the Fifth Session of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 14, 2012. (Xinhua/Chen Jianli)

BEIJING, March 14 (Xinhua) -- Nine years after he took office, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met the press for the last time on Wednesday in the Great Hall of the People.

In a record three-hour-long press conference, the emotional sixth premier of the People's Republic of China offered self-reflection, regret for work yet to be done, and vows to press ahead with reform "even with my last breath."

"This is the final time I meet you here after the annual political sessions," soft-spoken Wen told nearly 1,000 journalists in the place where he made his premiership debut in 2003.

Describing his nine years in office as "difficult but momentous," Wen said he felt sorry for the problems that had occurred in China's economy and society during his time in office, blaming his "incompetent abilities and institutional and other factors".

However, Wen said he had never committed any intentional error in his work because of dereliction of duty.

"In my last year in office, I will be as committed as ever as an old steed," the 70-year-old premier promised.

Since taking office in 2003, Wen and his government advocated a more balanced approach in developing China's hinterland regions and advanced policies considered more favorable toward disadvantaged groups.

"Equity and justice shine brighter than the sun," said Wen, repeating a line he uttered two years ago.

The premier, born to a rural teachers' family, spent each Lunar New Year festival of his term with ordinary people like miners and farmers in various places across the country.

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WJLung at 2012-03-17114.76.49.*
I have observed Mr Wen over many years and I bow to his sincerity. He is a true man, a dragon among us.
Leon at 2012-03-1674.73.100.*
Premier Wen will always in my heart. He is people"s Premier. He fought hard for Chinese and China as a whole. He is not perfect, but his heart is bigger than himself. We will always love you, Mr. Premier!
chui dere at 2012-03-1699.254.58.*
Salute to Premier Wen.You are a great servant to the chinese people.Pray the successive chinese premier will follow your great example.
Canada at 2012-03-1570.36.49.*
The world would be a better place if there were more Grandpa Wens.
  

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