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Wen Jiabao's speech: Key themes
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has used his address to the country's National People's Congress to highlight problems thrown up by China's economic growth. Here are the key themes and quotes from his speech:

Economy

"Solving the problems of agriculture, villages and farmers is one of the most crucial parts of our entire work...

"Rural incomes have grown too slowly, the task of increasing employment and improving social security is arduous, development in different regions of the country is not balanced, the income gap is too wide among some members of society and pressure on resources and the environment is mounting."

Corruption

Some government officials are "wasteful, extravagant and fraudulent, and sometimes even corrupt".

Political reform

"Concrete and prudent efforts will be made to promote political restructuring...

"We will further expand democracy at the lowest levels of government."

Accountability

"We must remain sober-minded, become more aware of potential problems and enhance our sense of historical responsibility. We must make up our minds to forge ahead in spite of difficulties and to work in a pioneering and creative spirit and in a down-to-earth manner...

"We must absolutely not fail to live up to the expectations of the people."

Taiwan

"With the utmost sincerity, we will do everything possible to bring about the peaceful reunification of the motherland...

"We stand firmly opposed to any form of separatist activities aimed at 'Taiwan independence' and will never allow anyone to split Taiwan from China by any means."

Military

"We will energetically carry forward military reforms with Chinese characteristics and work hard to take efforts to modernise national defence and armed forces to a higher stage of development."




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