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  1. Achieving social equity to test political courage of leadership

    Posted Oct 03rd 2005, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... The second of a three-part series looks at the problems facing senior leaders ahead of the next Five Year Plan. China's next five-year plan will mark the first time that President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao have complete freedom to set the coun ...

  2. Crucial decisions loom for domestic, world economy

    Posted Sep 26th 2005, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... The first of a three-part series looking at the issues facing the government ahead of the next five-year plan China's leaders are due to meet next month to finalise the country's subsequent five-year plan that starts next year. The meeting will ...

  3. Sudden change is not a trivial matter for diplomacy

    Posted Sep 05th 2005, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... 'There are no trivial matters in foreign diplomacy,' late premier Zhou Enlai once cautioned, and this has become a favourite motto among Chinese officials and analysts involved in foreign affairs. It also explains why the postponement of Preside ...

  4. Premier needs to tackle the bloated government payroll

    Posted Mar 07th 2005, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... This year will be one of reforms, Premier Wen Jiabao reportedly told a panel of CPPCC delegates on the eve of delivering his Government Work Report on Saturday. Mr Wen uttered the word 'reform' 87 times in his report, ranging from state-sector r ...

  5. Environmental pledge has to be backed up with action

    Posted Mar 06th 2005, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... 'Our striving goal is to let people drink clean water, breathe fresh air, and have a better environment in which to live and work.' That is one of the multitude of pledges Premier Wen Jiabao made yesterday while delivering his government work re ...

  6. Build-up to Olympics gathers pace

    Posted Jan 24th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Vivian Wu All new venues for the 2008 Olympics, including the national conference centre, the athletes' village and the press village, would be under construction by the end of the year, Beijing Mayor Wang Qishan told the Beijing People's Political Consultative Congress. 'We will speed up the construction of roads and municipal facilities surrounding the venues ...

  7. Focus on land policy to stabilise house prices

    Posted Dec 27th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... on to the market, according to Construction Minister Wang Guangtao. At a national meeting yesterday, Mr Wang said moves to 'adjust the housing supply structure' were designed to restrict land ... sector through raising home-loan interest rates, limiting urban demolition and levying taxes on housing sales. Mr Wang said that despite these efforts, the amount of housing available to low ...

  8. Capital can learn from Hong Kong, says mayor

    Posted Nov 29th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Irene Wang Handling emergencies and traffic management are two of the many areas where the capital could learn from Hong Kong as the city steps up preparations for the 2008 Olympic Games, Beijing Mayor Wang Qishan said yesterday. At the opening of the ninth Beijing-Hong Kong Economic Co-operation Symposium in Beijing, Mr Wang said Hong Kong had adopted successful approaches ...

  9. China's energy product mix needs attention, say experts

    Posted Jan 20th 2005, 12:00am by Elaine Chan

    ... and the northeastern region. Beijing mayor Wang Qishan on Tuesday said that on December 31, the city's reserves of natural gas supplied by the Shaanxi-Beijing natural gas pipeline were down to 400 million ... explore ways of producing more energy resources using its abundant coal supplies, experts said. Henry Wang, corporate planning director for the Shell companies in China, said coal would remain ...

  10. Public safety ranks first among officials' concerns

    Posted May 17th 2005, 12:00am by Nailene Chou

    ... Mayor Wang Qishan said ensuring public safety was a top priority as the capital approached the 2008 Olympics. He said the accelerated pace of infrastructure development and the repositioning ... to be the centre of the mainland's third wave of development, following the Pearl River Delta and the Yangtze River Delta. Mr Wang said he expected the development would sustain Beijing's ...




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