Shanghai urged to lead way

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 05 January, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 05 January, 1997, 12:00am

VICE-PREMIER Zou Jiahua has called on Shanghai to take the lead in the next stage of China's reform.

During a recent inspection tour, the official praised the city's economic achievements in the past year.

'I witness new and great changes in Shanghai every year I go there,' he said.

Mr Zou, who was once considered a Guangdong supporter because of his family ties with former governor Ye Xuanping , said Shanghai could now assume the leading role. 'Shanghai has made great achievements in dealing with the state-owned enterprises and has gained a certain amount of experience,' he said.

But he also warned Shanghai Party Secretary Huang Ju and Mayor Xu Kuangdi to take care in handling the problem of unemployment.