Premier Wen Jiabao rounded up the Fortune Global Forum yesterday with a message for the world's business leaders to pay more attention to the well-being of the poor and cultural exchanges, rather than only thinking about wealth. He made the comment as he met about two dozen business heavyweights - led by Peter Wolff, representing forum organiser Time Warner - at the Great Hall of People after the closing ceremony. He told the tycoons and CEOs, including John Menzer, president and CEO of Wal-Mart, and David Eldon, chairman of HSBC, that he had identified the two most important messages to tell them after thinking over the matter the previous night. 'I have been thinking throughout the night and I have a suggestion for the Fortune Forum,' he said. 'I don't want to repeat what I have just said. My two messages I want to convey are: wealth is not just about economics, but also culture. We should not only look at [the] Fortune 500, but also [at] poor people who make up half of the population.' Mr Wen's seemingly unusual comments were made as trade tension with the US escalated over textile quotas and US pressure on China to revalue the yuan. Mr Wen went on to tell the business leaders of the importance of fair distribution of wealth. 'If there is no development, the material and cultural needs of people cannot be met and society will certainly not be stable. However, if wealth is not distributed fairly and if it is concentrated in the hands of few, the society will also not be stable.' Mr Wen's messages clearly targeted foreign audiences as Xinhua and CCTV did not mention any of the comments, apart from praising the success of the forum. Foreign and Hong Kong media were suddenly told yesterday the session was opened to them. In a rare move, reporters were allowed to stay for half an hour instead of the usual five-minute photo session. China has often identified itself as a developing country and called on developed countries to be more considerate. Instead of answering the concerns raised by Mr Wolff about intellectual property rights, Mr Wen said he was pleased with a large donation by Microsoft CEO Bill Gates to less-developed countries. He also repeatedly said wealth should be more than just a matter of economic gain. The premier assured the business leaders that China would be able to sustain fast economic growth and provide a favourable environment for foreign investors. This was owing to the nation's vast market, strong domestic demand, a large pool of skilled labour and political stability.