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On Sunday, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao took part in an online chat with Chinese netizens. Thousands of questions were asked, expressing interests and concerns over property prices, inflation, the wealth gap and other social issues.
Wen Jiabao said China's development blueprint for the coming five years will emphasize efforts on the improvement of people's livelihoods. He noted the government is to set its annual GDP growth target for the 2011-2015 period at 7 percent.
Wen Jiabao also pointed out the country aims to reduce energy consumption by 16 to 17 percent per unit of GDP by 2015 from 2011 levels. The online discussion has been a tradition since 2009, ahead of the annual sessions of the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.
One netizen in Beijing said "As an ordinary Chinese citizen, I hope government leaders will have a better understanding of the general public's thoughts using this way of communication. I hope they can put what people are calling for into real effect." More>>
|Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao gestures while holding an online chat with Internet users at two state news portals in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 27, 2011. The two portals, namely www.gov.cn of the central government and www.xinhuanet.com of the Xinhua News Agency, jointly interviewed Premier Wen on Sunday with questions raised by netizens. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)|
What does Premier say?
-- I only have two years left for my tenure of office. I think the work in the two years will be not at all easier than that in the previous eight years, but will be much tougher instead.
-- Speaking of happiness, I want to make people live in a comfortable, reassured way, feel at ease and have confidence in the future.
-- A man (Wen himself) who pays high attention to prices every day will not allow prices to keep soaring without curbing. More>>
Premier Wen Jiabao said maintaining the stability of prices has always been the priority of China's economic development, as excessive increases in consumer prices would not only affect people's life but also hamper social stability. More>>
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao Sunday reiterated his determination to tame the country's runaway housing prices during his tenure, which is to end in March 2013. More>>
The plan, if implemented, would benefit middle and low-income groups, Wen said in answer to a question on taxes during an on-line chat with the public.
The plan would be delivered to the National People's Congress, the country's top legislature, for review, he said, without specifying when the plan would come into effect. More>>
To address the issue, the government had increased pension by up to 10 percent every year for business retirees over the past seven years, but their wages were still relatively low, Wen said.
"We will continue to improve their treatment, especially for those engineers with high education," he said. More>>