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Shanghai spells out its tasks

Shanghai is focusing on quality economic development, bettering people's lives and improving the local environment as it digs deeper into reforms, Mayor Han Zheng yesterday told a panel discussion at the ongoing 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in Beijing.

"Shanghai no longer seeks the size and speed of its economic development. Instead, the efficiency, structure and quality of the economy are more important to us now," Han told the panel which was open to the press.

The mayor said these were the three key tasks facing the city as it pushes ahead with its economic restructuring.

Han said Shanghai would give more prominence to bettering people's wellbeing while improving the city's ecological environment in the future developments.

At the panel discussion, Shanghai's Party Secretary Yu Zhengsheng stressed that government officials should detest from accepting special privileges.

"Government leaders must clearly separate their post-related deeds from the unrelated ones," Yu said, adding that officials should not accept any freebies for a treat or commercial shows. "This is how the rule of equality is reflected on officials," he said.

Yu said Shanghai had an internal city-level system for asset declaration by officials.

"This is not enough," he said, adding that the city's leadership had already set the wheels in motion to move toward a system of public declaration.

Hu Jintao, the Party's general secretary, said on Thursday that officials should exercise strict self-discipline and supervision over their family and staff.

Reporters from nearly 100 domestic and overseas news outlets covered the Shanghai open panel discussion.


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