Wen Jiabao Meets with WHO Director-General Margaret Chan
On July 12, 2011, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met with Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), at Ziguangge, Zhongnanhai.
Wen expressed his appreciation for the WHO's support in the development of China's public health system. He praised Margaret Chan's efforts over the past four years in improving the management and leadership of the WHO, saying that her efforts contributed to the WHO's effective response to several public health crises, including the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic. Wen also praised her great efforts in fulfilling the UN Millennium Development Goals in the health sector. The Chinese government fully endorses the reelection of Margaret Chan as director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Wen said.
"The Chinese government will deepen reforms in its medical and health care systems, ensure the completion of various objectives and tasks and focus on the development of biomedicine and other strategic emerging industries," Wen said. China wishes to further enhance its cooperation with the WHO, he added.
Margaret Chan spoke highly of China's achievements in public health, adding that she appreciates the support that the Chinese government has offered for the WHO and herself. She hopes to play a positive role in both reforming the WHO and developing global medical care as a whole.
Minister of Health Chen Zhu attended the meeting.