5 Mar 2010

China vows to tackle social divide

China's premier has opened the country's annual parliamentary session pledging to tackle a growing social divide and make "improving people's well-being" the focus of the country's development.


Speaking at the start of the National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing, Wen Jiabao said China faced "major problems" that "urgently require solutions".

"We must always remember that developing the economy is inseparable from improving people's well-being and safeguarding social fairness and justice," he said.

"Everything we do, we do to ensure that the people live a happier life with more dignity and to make our society fairer and more harmonious."

Al Jazeera