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Chinese Premier Wen chats online with Internet users(5)

2011-02-27 09:29:05 GMT2011-02-27 17:29:05(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

According to the National Bureau of Statistics, 10 of the 70 surveyed cities reported double-digit increases in new home prices.

Wen said the government would work to increase housing supplies, with 36 million affordable homes planned in the five years to 2015, including 10 million this year. Last year, 5.9 million affordable homes were built.

The central government has signed strict agreements with provincial governments to guarantee the construction of 10 million subsidized apartments this year.

Vice Premier Li Keqiang Thursday ordered local governments to increase funding and land supplies for affordable housing projects, stressing the construction of 10 million units was a mandatory task that must be fulfilled this year.

The government would also step up efforts to develop low-rent public housing, said Wen. With its huge population and limited land, China's property policy should be appropriate to its situation and it did not mean that every Chinese owned their own property.

Wen also said the government would "resolutely" curb demand of home purchases for investment and speculation.

"We will use economic, legal and administrative methods if necessary to restrict speculation," Wen said, adding he was confident the measures would eventually reduce speculation.

The government would also crack down on illegal activities, including the hoarding of land and the delaying of sales to earn higher profits.

"Property firms, as members of society, should shoulder responsibilities of their own and have ethics," Wen said.

The government would endeavor to meet its responsibilities and monitor the market to curb unreasonable price gains, Wen said.

China to build more high-quality rural schools

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao pledged the country will build more high-quality rural schools and take measures to make the nine-year compulsory education in cities more accessible to migrant workers' children.

The population of migrant workers in China has reached 240 million, and their children's education is one of their top concerns, Wen said during the online chat with Internet users.

Wen promised to send more teachers to rural schools and lift restrictions on household registration to allow migrant farmers to send their children to urban schools.

Migrant workers usually refer to farmers from impoverished regions who go to urban and more prosperous regions in search of jobs. Their children are usually left behind at home and taken care of by the seniors.

China to build more high-quality rural schools

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao pledged the country will build more high-quality rural schools and take measures to make the nine-year compulsory education in cities more accessible to migrant workers' children.

The population of migrant workers in China has reached 240 million, and their children's education is one of their top concerns, Wen said during the online chat with Internet users.

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