Xinhua has posted excerpts of Premier Wen Jiabao’s online chat with netizens, which took place this morning Beijing time:
People’s living standards
To enhance the people’s living standards is “our work’s starting point as well as the final aim,” Wen said, adding that China’s development blueprint for the coming five years will place high emphasis on the efforts to improve the people’s livelihood.
When answering netizens’ questions online concerning rising price pressures, he said that maintaining the stability of prices has always been the priority of China’s economic development as excessive increase in consumer prices would not only affect people’s life but also hamper social stability.
Migrant workers’ children
Wen pledged the country will build more high-quality rural schools and take measures to make the nine-year compulsory education in cities more accessible to migrant workers’ children.
In response to netizens complaints about soaring housing prices, Wen reiterated his determination to tame the country’s runaway housing prices.