China's Premier has traveled to Guangdong Province - site of the recent local uprising in the village of Wukan - to pledge the center's commitment to fair rural development. Local leaders are to be directly elected, affected people consulted and fair compensation paid when property is taken by local government action. - GWC
by Xinhua, February 5, 2012
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has pledged to unwaveringly push forward opening-up and reform in the face of current challenges and difficulties, while calling for protection of farmers' rights to vote to improve rural community administration.
At a time of global uncertainties, furthering reform is still the only key to solving all problems, said Wen while visiting Guangdong, a southern province that took the lead in China's opening-up and reform, from Friday to Saturday.
"Opening-up and reform should be implemented unswervingly, or there will only be a dead end," said Wen, citing former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping, who made a famous speech during his inspection tour of south China 20 years ago.
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