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Sub-anchor: What are people saying about Wen Jiabao’s government work report?

03-05-2012 23:52 BJT

Now comes the time for our daily look across the Internet to see what netizens and other media have to say about the NPC and CPPCC. CCTV reporter Wu Haojun joins us now for today’s "Media Watch."

Q1: A very large part of Premier Wen Jiabao’s government work report focused on the economy. China expects the economy to grow at 7.5 percent this year, and for the consumer price index not to rise above 4 percent. What are people saying about that?

A1: Inflation is certainly among the general public’s main concerns. On CCTV’s Sina Weibo account, we asked people what they think of the current prices of consumer goods. So far 61% of voters say prices are just too high and unacceptable, 39% consider prices a little too high... and would like to see them drop a bit. Finally... no one thinks prices are acceptable... These results are not surprising at all considering the price hikes we’ve seen in the past year. But the target of a 4 percent increase in the CPI, put forward by Premier Wen may be able to ease people’s concerns a little.

Q2: What are the buzzwords or key points that other media outlets have picked up on today?

A2: If there’s one key phrase that’s caught the attention of media across the country, it’s "making progress while maintaining stability." Premier Wen noted that despite global and domestic economic challenges, China is still in "an important period of strategic opportunities" for development. A People’s Daily commentary resonated that with a headline "China’s economy to roar ahead amid global woes." Meanwhile, the government’s goals of strengthening social administration & providing public services have also come under the spotlight, including the aim to increase low-income housing by 12 million units in 2012.

Editor:James |Source: CNTV

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