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Highlights of Premier Wen Jiabao's online chat with netizens


Highlights of Premier's Reply to Netizens

(28 February 2009)

Transcript of the online chat
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Wen goes online, facing tough questions

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao jumped in his first ever online chat on Saturday afternoon (28 February 2009), facing questions from nearly 300,000 netizens and mobile phone users ranging from unemployment, wealth gap, social justice to democracy. 

"I don't expect myself to answer every question well, but I am here with a sincere heart and speak honestly," Wen said.  

Full story 

On Diplomatic Ties

On Sino-U.S. Relationship

·Regression in Sino-U.S. relations not in line with historical tide 

   Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said Saturday that any regression in the relations between China and the United States was "not in line with the historical tide." Full story 

::On the Incident in Cambridge

·Chinese premier says shoe-throwing incident in Cambridge "unexpected"

   "The first thing that came cross my mind was I must safeguard the national dignity and the dignity of a human being and also, I must safeguard the friendship between China and Britain," he said during his first-ever online chat with the public. Full story

On Economy 

On Economic Development and Stimulus Plans

·Wen says China's stimulus plans taking initial effects

   Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said in Beijing Saturday that China's economic stimulus plans have taken initial effects. Full story

·Chinese economy has seen sign of recovery in certain sectors, regions


·Premier Wen says financial crisis not bottom out, impact spreading

   The global financial crisis has not yet hit bottom and its impact is still spreading, said Chinese Premier Wen said, and promised that China is "ready to take firmer and stronger actions whenever necessary." Full story

·China to narrow wealth gap in economic development

   Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said on Saturday that narrowing the gap between the rich and the poor could not be achieved "in a static state" and should be conducted alongside with economic development. Full story

::On Stock Market

·Chinese premier confident in China's capital market

   "I have confidence in China's economy and the development of Chinese enterprises and therefore in the country's capital market, too," Wen said.   Full story

::On Private Capital and Priviately-owned Businesses

· Wen: private capital, businesses should be boosted to cope with financial crisis

   Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said Saturday private capital and priviately-owned businesses should be boosted to cope with the ongoing global financial crisis.Full story

 ::To Fight Financial Crisis with Taiwan

·Wen calls for joint efforts with Taiwan to fight financial crisis

  The mainland and Taiwan should set up an economic exchange and cooperation mechanism through negotiation. And such cooperation will benefit the economy of the mainland and Taiwan and help improve cross-Straits stability, Wen said.  Full story

On Domestic Issues

::On People's Livelihood

·Chinese Premier hopes for stable, healthy real estate sector

   China should strengthen management and regulation to keep housing prices and the scale of property construction "at a reasonable level", said Wen during an online interview held by the central government website and the Xinhuanet. Full story

::On Inner Political Issue

·Cross-Straits relations enter new stage of peaceful development

  "I would like to take the opportunity to show our stance that is we hope to improve cooperation with Taiwan to jointly cope with financial crisis, especially in the financial sector," Wen said.  Full story

::On Health Care Reform

·Chinese premier agrees "good system matters more than a good premier"

   "Being the Premier, I need to think about how to optimize our medical system and have seriously ill children treated," Wen said. Full story

·China's health care reform aims at public interest, Premiere Wen says

   "Health care reform is not easy. Our determination to push forward the reform shows that the government cares about the health of the public," Wen said. Full story

::On Employment

·Wen shows concern over jobless migrant workers, encouraging self-employment

   Wen said the government should encourage them to start their own business by offering tax stimulus and training opportunities. Full story

::On Public Voice

·People have right to criticize gov't, says Chinese Premier Wen

   "I always think that people have the right to know what the government is thinking and doing, and voice their criticism of government policy," Wen said in the Internet forum jointly hosted by the central government website and the Xinhuanet. Full story

::On Combating Corruption

·Chinese premier says gov't preparing for officials to declare assets

   "We need to promote transparency of government affairs and also need to make public officials' assets," Wen said, addding, "Such a declaration system must be established and carried out so as to produce substantial results. It should be a major move to fight against corruption." Full story

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