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Premier urges economic zone

PREMIER Wen Jiabao has called for the acceleration of an economic zone on the western side of the Taiwan Strait, in order to boost social and economic development in the region and combat the global economic downturn.

In a three-day visit to the southeastern province of Fujian which began on Friday, Wen said the economic zone, centered on Fujian and facing Taiwan Island across the strait, had been long planned by the central government.

Such an economic zone could make use of the currently peaceful ties across the Taiwan Strait to forge stronger economic cooperation for mutual benefits and development, and help tackle the challenges posed by the global financial crisis, Wen said.

It would also contribute to the ignition of a new growth engine in China by capitalizing on Fujian's comparative advantages, and to the long-term development plan of the country, he said.

During his inspection of nine companies in Fuzhou, Quanzhou and Xiamen, all in Fujian, Wen stressed that creativity was at the core of the development of the economic zone on the western side of the strait.

"Creativity is key to our strength building, to gaining advantages and development, and to retaining our honor," Wen said.

He urged labor-intensive industries to become technology-intensive, adding that information technology and environmental industries were the focuses of economic competition that merited vigorous development.

The premier also called for greater importance to be attached to boosting social security, which would be one of the country's key ensuing measures to combat the global financial crisis, he said.

During his visit to Xiamen, Wen also visited Zhongshan Hospital to learn about the prevention of swine flu in the city and ongoing medical reforms.

After talking with a quarantined patient at the hospital via video camera, Wen hailed Fujian's disease-prevention efforts, but warned they must not be relaxed.

"The whole country must carry out disease-prevention work in accordance with the arrangements made by the central authorities, to protect the health of the Chinese people," he said.

Last Monday, the State Council, China's Cabinet, passed the plan to support the development of the economic zone on the western side of the Taiwan Strait.

Besides Fujian, the zone also covers parts of the neighboring provinces of Jiangxi and Guangdong.


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