Wen Jiabao to deliver first gov´t work report 03-03-2004 13:17

In two days, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao will deliver his annual government work report to the National People's Congress. This will be his first since stepping into China's top government post one year ago. The Chinese leader is expected to use the occasion to highlight the new government's efforts to address the daily concerns of ordinary people.

For the past 12 months, the new generation of Chinese leaders has impressed observers with unprecedented care for the well-being citizens.

Norman Bottorf with APTN China said: "It was a difficult year for the leaders. In general, I think they handled very well."

The difficult year began when the SARS outbreak erupted.

Government officials spared no efforts to fight the SARS virus, making public safety the top priority.

Meanwhile, migrant workers' rights were highlighted as the State Council abolished the unpopular system of detention and repatriation.

Addressing the plight of farmers, the government helped secure back pay from local employers.

And in a change of attitude toward AIDS, the premier shook hands with AIDS patients.

The past year also saw the new government's firm determination to tackle an old problem -- corruption.

A total of 13 ministerial and provincial-level officials were punished for graft and bribery.

Commenting on the new government's image, this Beijing resident says it's practical and transparent.

And this one says she's impressed by the government's populist approach to the life of ordinary people.


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