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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Friday, March 05, 2004

Premier Wen delivers government work report

Premier Wen delivers government work report:

The Second Session of the 10th National People's Congress opened in the Great Hall of the People at 9. a.m. Friday, and Premier Wen Jiabao delivers a government work report to an audience of nearly 3,000 deputies from across China. "

In Wen's words Some of China's achievements are summarised as:


- We won a great victory in the fight against SARS.

- The economy grew rapidly. China's GDP increased by 9.1% over the previous year and reached 11.67 trillion yuan. Per capita GDP passed the important benchmark of US$ 1,000, calculated at the current exchange rate.

- China's financial strength grew noticeably. Total government revenue was 2.17 trillion yuan, 278.7 billion yuan more than the previous year.

- Foreign trade expanded significantly. Total import and export volume was $851.2 billion, 37.1% more than the previous year, raising China from fifth to fourth place in the world.

- We created more jobs than planned - 8.59 million urban residents became employed and 4.4 million laid-off workers, reemployed.

- People's incomes increased. Urban per capita disposable income grew by 9% in real terms, and rural per capita net income rose by 4.3% in real terms.

- China's first manned spaceflight was a complete success.