Premier-in-waiting Wen Jiabao has for the first time revealed the five major economic headaches facing his new government. In a closed meeting with a group of CPPCC members on Tuesday, Mr Wen said the new government would focus on agricultural issues, problems with state-owned enterprises, soaring unemployment, the widening gap between the eastern and western regions and high levels of non-performing loans at state banks. Mr Wen is widely expected to replace Zhu Rongji as the next premier when the NPC closes on March 18. As Mr Wen has been keeping a low profile before the official announcement, little has been known of his ideas about economic development. According to a participant present at the meeting, Mr Wen expressed concern over agriculture, particularly the fact that incomes of China's vast farming population remain low. He said China's economy was hurtling forwards on one long leg - meaning rapid industrial development - and one short leg, agricultural development. Mr Wen said although progress had been made towards increasing farmers' incomes, they still remained comparatively low. He said the government would try every possible means to increase farmers' incomes. Mr Wen hinted that China's state sector still remained weak. He also expressed worries over the widening gap between the economies in the under-developed western areas and the booming coastal areas in the east. He said to solve this, the eastern provinces must help the poorer west to develop. Mr Wen said the new government would maintain its current economic growth momentum and the pace of opening up to the outside world. However, he indicated he would proceed cautiously with reforms.