作者：沪江英语 来源：CNTV 2013-03-18 10:26
Ladies and gentlemen, friends of the press. First I’d like to thank you for your hard work in covering the NPC and CPPCC sessions.
Let me present to you the vice-premiers who are with us this morning. Vice-premier Zhang Gaoli, Vice-premier Liu Yandong, Vice-premier Wang Yang and Vice-premier Ma Kai.
We sincerely thank the NPC’s deputies for their trust. From the moment we take on the new role, I have deeply felt the heavy responsibilities the Chinese people of all nationalities have placed on our shoulders. We will be true to the constitution, be loyal to the people and the people’s wish will point ( to) the direction of government’s efforts , we will take as our secret mission the peoples’ aspirations for a better life. We will revere laws, respect the people, take on our responsibilities and have the courage to get things done, so as to benefit the whole nation and build a strong and prosperous country. These are my opening remarks. Now the floor is open for questions.
Lianhezaobao from Singapore. The plan for reforming state council institutions has attracted a lot of attention. Mr premier, is it your ideal plan and how do you intend to achieve the goals of streamlining government and transforming its functions? Thank you.
You asked whether this is an ideal plan, I think, to succeed in doing anything, one has to strike a proper balance between ideal and reality. The core of government plan is to transform government functions. Of course, it’s a source about streamlining government and delegate powers to lower levels, the institutional reforms is about optimizing the distribution of power within the government and transforming the government functions is about redefining and rationalizing the relationship between the government on one hand and the market and society on the other. To put simply, we need to leave to the market and society what we can do well, and on the part of the government, we need to manage well those matters that for within our preview.
Institutional reform is not easy, and transforming the functions will be even more difficult, because it would require more in-depth exchanges. When I visited local communities, I often heard people complain to me that they would need approve of nearly several dozens of departments to get something done or start their business, and people are quite frustrated about this. Such as date for fairs is not good for government efficiency, it might create opportunities for corruption or rent-seeking behavior, and would harm the image of the government. Therefore, we would start with reform of the system, of government, of examination and approve. Right now , we have over 1,700 items that still require the approve of the state council department. Within the term of this department, we are determined to cut that figure by at least one third.
As for the view that expressed by some people that the government has some misplaced roles, then we restore to the market and the hand has misground on the government. The reform is about curbing government power itself imposed revolution, it would require real sacrifice and this would be painful, and this demanded by the development and wanted by the people. Then we are determined to make that sacrifice. We will keep our promise and match our words with action. We will never secretly hold on powers or shield away from real issues. We will never play any games to get around the requirement of the reform.