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China's Cabinet sets tasks for new term
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China's State Council, or the Cabinet, arranged its working plan for a new five-year term in the first plenary session held on Friday.

Presided over by reappointed Premier Wen Jiabao, the State Council set its goals as: to achieve further economic progress; improve people's livelihood; push forward social justice as well as advance opening up and reforms.

Chinese premier Wen Jiabao (3rd, L), speaks during the first plenary session of the State Council, or the Cabinet, in Beijing, capital of China, on March 21, 2008.

The Premier elaborated immediate jobs for the government:

Basically complete the government reshuffle preparations before the end of June;

Continue restoration work in snow and ice hit areas in the south, especially to rebuild power, communications, water and other infrastructure and ensure disaster-hit citizens' basic necessities.

Encourage farmers to grow more vegetables, grains and oil plants, keep high alert on bird flu and other influenza and put irrigation works in good condition;

Go all out to increase commodity supplies in the market to keep soaring prices stable and implement emergent price control over some vital commodities and services in line with law;

Suppress excessive growth of investment into fixed assets;

Put more efforts into energy conservation and emission reduction;

Other jobs include deepening financial, revenue and medical system reforms, providing better services to college graduates for finding jobs and for handicapped people as well as veterans.

Wen urged officials to free minds, be self-disciplined and build a more efficient, transparent and honest government.

(Xinhua News Agency March 22, 2008)

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