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Wen tours to check pulse of economy

PREMIER Wen Jiabao toured the cities of Tangshan and Qinghuangdao in north China's Hebei Province over the weekend to find out how manufacturers and ordinary people are coping with the financial crisis.

Wen said China's economy is at a critical moment as it begins to recover "steadily," and the government should continue a proactive fiscal policy and moderately relaxed monetary policy, repeating his comments made last week.

Wen visited Tangshan Railway Vehicle Co, which makes trains for the country's high-speed lines, in Tangshan. The premier urged the train maker to rely on technologies and innovation for future growth.

At the Tangshan Iron and Steel Co, one of the nation's leading steel makers, Wen asked the firm to upgrade its technological expertise and cut back on outdated capacity to deal with the sector's overcapacity.

Job fairs

In Qinghuangdao, a major port for coal, the premier was told that coal throughput had steadily climbed in recent months, which Wen described as proof of the country's economic recovery.

Wen also visited job fairs in Tangshan to inquire about people's employment.

The premier urged job seekers to persist and reassured them that jobs would become available as the economy recovers.

He also visited the Tangshan branch of Mengniu Dairy, a domestic dairy giant, to see how dairy makers are doing after the melamine contamination scandal.

Only 80 percent of the country's original milk output capacity has been recovered since the scandal broke last September.

Wen called on the firm and the staff to be extremely thorough in food safety controls in order to gain a good reputation via quality products.


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