ADVISERS to the Chinese Government have paid frequent visits to impoverished regions to suggest better strategies of narrowing the wealth gap. The Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference last year organised 17 inspection tours, more than 70 per cent focused on central and western areas, Xinhua (the New China News Agency) said. They were mostly mountainous or remote areas of inner provinces such as Xinjiang, Henan, Anhui, Jiangxi and Guangxi. The agency yesterday reported these tours had 'greatly improved members' understanding of the lives and needs of these regions'. In the draft Ninth Five-Year Plan the administration set out to narrow the wealth gap between well-off coastal regions and poorer inner areas. Meanwhile, the China News Service reported yesterday the quality of motions raised by the political advisers had 'improved'. In the past year, about 76 per cent of the members raised a total of 2,177 motions. The report claimed panel discussions had given valuable information to policy-makers in various issues, including economic construction and law.