On Economy

China's Feb. trade worst in decade as global downturn deepens

· Chinese leaders: Crisis also means opportunity

·Premier: 1.18 trln yuan is totally new investment

·Chinese premier says hard to achieve 8% growth

·China's fiscal decifit manageable: Premier

·Premier Wen rejects pressure on yuan's devaluation or appreciation

·Video : Premier Wen Jiabao meets press




Officials brief on China's economy

Xie Xuren

Minister of Finance

Zhang Ping
Minister of National Development and Reform Commission

Zhou Xiaochuan
Governor of the People's Bank of China

Key figures for 2009

    ●  GDP to grow by 8 %          

    ●  CPI  to rise around 4%

    ●  Fiscal deficit budget of 950 bln yuan

    ●  To allocate 42 bln yuan to offset unemployment

    ●  Urban unemployment rate under 4.6%

    ●  Urban employment to increase by over 9 million

    ●  43 bln yuan to build low-rent houses

    ●  120 bln yuan added to boost agriculture

Officials  brief on boosting domestic demand

Chen Deming

Minister of Commerce

Yin Weimin
Minister of Human Resources and Social Security

Li Yizhong
Minister of Industry and Information Technology

On Political Reform

China's top legislature ends annual session, calling for unison actions to combat crisis

· Wu stresses differences between Chinese, Western political systems

· Top legislator: China to take "decisive steps" in building socialistic legal system

· China will carry out political reform actively yet prudently

· Spokesman: China's political reform fits nation's conditions

· China to speed up economic, political reforms amid crisis




     Reports delivered during two sessions

On Diplomatic Issues

Chinese FM meets journalists

· Chinese President to discuss Sino-U.S. relations with Obama in London

· Premier wants France to clarify attitude toward Tibet-related issues

·  China pledges stronger ties, further energy cooperation with Russia

·  Chinese FM confident over Sino-French relations

· China calls for concerted efforts to advance six-party talks




  Chinese FM on foreign policies

On Livelihood

Minister: China's employment situation "grave", counter measures take "initial effects"

  ·China pledges more proactive employment policy, 42 bln-yuan support

   ·China to boost spending on welfare, medicare despite int'l financial turmoil

   ·China pledges to keep real estate market stable

   ·China vows to address public complaints to maintain social stability




On Tibet

Focus on Tibet

 · Hu calls for Great Wall of stability in Tibet

 · Premier: Talks may continue if Dalai Lama sincere

 · Premier: Dalai Lama can never deny what he said

 · Premier says China's policy on Tibet right

 · Chinese FM: Dalai by no means a religious figure, but a political one  




Premier: Talks may continue if Dalai Lama sincere  

On Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan

Hong Kong's service sector to have more access to mainland market

  ·Premier: Mainland willing to consult on Taiwan's participation in int'l organizations

   ·Premier Wen calls for normalization of cross-Straits economic relations 

   ·Central government supports Hong Kong, Macao to fight financial crisis:FM

  ·Policy for settlement of HK-mainland trade in yuan coming soon





Editor: Lin Li, Wu Ye