Wen Jiabao: “Freedom of Speech in Indispensible”

Fareed Zakaria interviewed Premier Wen Jiabao on CNN’s GPS, Wen’s first interview with a Western journalist in two years. From AFP:

“I do have worry for the management of inflation expectations in China,” Wen told Fareed Zakaria on CNN’s GPS program on Sunday.

“And that is something that I have been trying very hard to manage appropriately and well, because I believe corruption and inflation will have an adverse impact on stability of power in our country.
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“And these two both concern the trust and support of people in the government,” the Chinese premier said.

In mid-September, Beijing admitted that consumer inflation had risen at the fastest pace in nearly two years in August, as severe floods and unusually hot weather destroyed crops, driving up food prices.

See a clip of the interview below, in which Zakaria asks Wen about censorship in China:

And a clip in which Wen talks about the U.S. economy:

Watch also Zakaria’s introductory report “Get to know the Chinese Premier”:

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