Wen Jiabao

In Brief

PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 March, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 07 March, 2008, 12:00am

No imminent food shortage seen

The mainland would not face a food shortage 'in the short term' because there was abundant storage and supply to the market, State Grain Administration director Nie Zhenbang said yesterday. Mr Nie told China News Service that there was no need to allocate supplies from the central food reserves this year 'unless special circumstances arise'. He also promised to continue agricultural subsidies and other measures.

Wen's words encourage mayor

Guangzhou Mayor Zhang Guangning, who pledged last year to bring housing prices back to a 'reasonable level', can now borrow from Premier Wen Jiabao's work report delivered to the National People's Congress on Wednesday, which stressed the need to control and monitor the property market. Mr Zhang said Guangzhou had been the pioneer in pushing forward measures such as building many low-cost and rental dwellings, China News Service reported.

Expert pans palace replica plan

A heritage expert has voiced opposition to a company's plan to reconstruct Beijing's Old Summer Palace, or Yuanmingyuan. CPPCC delegate Zhang Tinghao, director of the China National Institute of Cultural Property, said a replica of the palace could not reflect its spirit, which enshrined the nation's rise and fall and subsequent revival, China News Service reported. The Hengdian Group announced in 2006 that it would raise 20 billion yuan (now HK$21.9 billion) for the replica.

Bank chief retains sprint title

People's Bank of China governor Zhou Xiaochuan lived up to his reputation as the minister who runs the fastest when, just as at last year's NPC session, he ran away from reporters chasing him for comments, China News Service reported. Work safety chief Li Yizhong , meanwhile, stressed safety concerns when chased by reporters.