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Chinese premier wraps up inspection tour in eastern Jiangsu Province

NANJING, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Sunday wrapped up his 3-day inspection tour in eastern Jiangsu Province, during which he urged to enhance confidence and put in place government measures to boost domestic demands.

Wen referred to "confidence" a number of times when he visited local businesses.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (2nd L Front) visits Sunshine Group Co., Ltd. in east China's Jiangsu Province, Jan. 9, 2009. Wen made an inspection tour in Jiangsu Province from Jan. 9 to 11. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)

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In the Jiangsu Sunshine Group, a clothes manufacturer, the company head told Wen that although the financial crisis hit the exporting businesses, their orders didn't drop as they kept bringing new products into the market.

Workers were busy working on those orders due before the Spring Festival, Chinese traditional New Year.

"The government's policies have created a favorable environment for businesses, but companies must be more creative and brave to overcome the financial crisis," Wen said. "You not only need to conquer the temporary difficulties, but also improve management, product quality and competitiveness, so as to be competitive in the world market."

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (2nd L) talks to shoppers at Suguo supermarket in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, Jan. 10, 2009. Wen made an inspection tour in Jiangsu Province from Jan. 9 to 11. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)

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On Saturday, Wen visited a farm equipment manufacturer in Changzhou city. He asked about equipment sales when the company leader said the government's policies had been a great help for the company's development. The policies include changing value-added tax, enhancing tax rebate and giving allowance to farmers who buy farm equipment.

Wen encouraged the company to make the best farm equipment. "China has the world's largest population of farmers, and we should make the best farm equipment as well. I hope with your efforts, we could make it come true," Wen said.

During the tour, Wen visited many other companies, including oil companies, telecommunications manufacturers and food plants.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) visits Changfa Group in Changzhou City, east China's Jiangsu Province, Jan. 10, 2009. Wen made an inspection tour in Jiangsu Province from Jan. 9 to 11. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)

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Wen had discussions with experts from different industries on overcoming the current financial crisis. He emphasized on "confidence", and urged to rejuvenate the economic as soon as possible.

Wen also visited Changzhou vocational education base, where he told students that ensuring employment is the government's major task in order to conquer the financial crisis.

"Knowledge is power, safety and happiness," Wen told the students. "I hope all of you can serve the people with your talents."

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) talks to local residents in the Xuanwu District of Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, Jan. 10, 2009. Wen made an inspection tour in Jiangsu Province from Jan. 9 to 11. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (2nd R) talks to shoppers at Suguo supermarket in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, Jan. 10, 2009. Wen made an inspection tour in Jiangsu Province from Jan. 9 to 11. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)

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