Wen Jiabao: This is the last time for me to meet friends of the press after an NPC session. I want to first take this opportunity to express my appreciation for your long-standing interest in China's reform and development. This year may be the most difficult year, but it may also be the most promising one. The people need their government to be calm, resolute and trustworthy, and the government needs the people's trust, support and help.
In the face of the deepening international financial crisis and European debt crisis, what is most important is that we run our own affairs well. In my last year in office, I will not waiver in carrying out my duties and will remain true to my convictions. I will always be with the people.
Now I'm ready to take your questions.
Xinhua News Agency: Mr. Premier, this year is the last year of the term of this government. How do you evaluate your work?
Wen Jiabao: I have served as the premier for nine years. They have been nine difficult but momentous years. I often feel that much work remains to be finished, many things have yet to be properly addressed, and there are many regrets.
I know full well that all power of the government comes from the people and every piece of work that I have done for the people is only a fulfillment of my due responsibilities. I feel encouraged and happy that I have this opportunity to do some concrete things for the people as a public servant.
I sincerely hope that the people will forget me and all the concrete things I have done for them, and let these things fall into oblivion as one day I shall go to my eternal rest.
Due to lapses of competence and institutional and other factors, there is still much room for improvement in my work. Although I have never committed any error in my work because of dereliction of duty, as head of the top executive body of the country, I should assume responsibility for the problems that have occurred in China's economy and society during my term of office, for which I feel truly sorry.
In my last year in office, I will be as committed as ever, like a trusty steed. I will continue to work hard, to make up for the shortfall in my work with new achievements and to win people's understanding and forgiveness. "When one is in office, he should discharge his duty conscientiously. When leaving office, he should conduct himself with humility and exercise self-reflection." I will adhere to this principle in conducting myself, and I place hope on the next generation. I have confidence that they will do better than me.
I have devoted 45 years of my life to the service of my country, remaining committed to the conviction that I shall dedicate myself to the country in life and death irrespective of personal weal and woe. I have done my utmost with strong passion and energy to serve the country and the people and have never pursued personal gains. I have the courage to face the people and to face history. There are people who will appreciate what I have done, but there are also people who will criticize me. Ultimately, history will have the final say.