Wen Jiabao

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PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 March, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 07 March, 2005, 12:00am

Tibet rail link to get test run next year

The Qinghai-Tibet Railway will be ready for a trial run by July next year, Railway Minister Liu Zhijun told NPC delegates from Tibet yesterday.

Construction on the 26 billion yuan project started four years ago. Upon completion, the 1,142km railway will become the world's longest. About 960km of the line will run at an altitude of 4,000 metres or more, making it the highest.

Food and free speech key to harmony, says deputy

CPPCC member Zhang Xianliang has an innovative definition of 'harmonious society', a catchphrase this year. The prominent novelist cited food security and freedom of speech as the prerequisites, China News Service has reported.

They are integral parts of the Chinese characters he and xie, which make up 'harmonious'. Noting that he includes the character for 'mouth', and xie the one for 'speech', he appealed for the people to be well fed and to have freedom of speech.

geneticist calls for law to curb fertility devices

China should enact a law to curb the abuse of artificial fertilisation technology, geneticist Lu Guangxiu told Xinhua.

'Legislation is the most effective way to avoid the abuse of test-tube technology and curb the side-effect of artificial fertilisation devices,' Professor Lu said. Doctors had become more proficient with the technology since the country's first test-tube baby was born in 1988, she said.

clapping brings Wen's report to a halt - 25 times

Premier Wen Jiabao was interrupted by applause 25 times while giving the government work report on Saturday, the Beijing Youth Daily reported.

In a break with tradition at this year's NPC plenary session, deputies will be given copies of the budget and planning reports instead of having them read out.