Wen Jiabao: Friends of the press, this is the last time for me to meet the friends of the press after the NPC and CPPCC sessions. I'd like to thank you for your long term interest in China's reform and development. This year may be the most difficult yet probably the most promising year. The people need their government to become calm, resolute and trustworthy and government needs the people's trust, support and help. In the face of the deepening international financial crisis and the European debt crisis, what is most important is that we run our own affairs well. In my last year in office, I will not waver in carrying out my duties and will remain true to my conviction. I will always be with the people.
Now I'm ready to take your questions.
Xinhua News Agency: Mr. Premier, I'm with Xinhua News Agency and China Xinhua News Network Corporation. This year is the last year of the term of this government. How do you evaluate your work?
Wen: 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 and many things have yet to be properly addressed and that there are many regrets. I know full well that all the power of the government comes from the people and every piece of the work that I have done for the people during my term of office is only a fulfillment of my due responsibilities. I feel truly encouraged and happy that I get to have those opportunities to serve the people as a public servant. I sincerely hope that the people will forget me and all the concrete things that I have done for them and they will fall into oblivion as one day I shall go to my eternal rest.
Due to incompetent abilities and institutional and other factors, there is still much room for improvement in my work. Although I have never committed any intentional error in my work because of dereliction of duty, as the 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 an old steed. I will continue to make my utmost efforts to serve the people, to make up for the shortfall in my work with new achievements and 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 full confidence that they will do better than me.
I have devoted 45 years of my life to the service of this country remaining committed to the conviction that I shall dedicate myself to the interests of the country in life and death irrespective of personal weal and woe. I have made utmost effort with strong passion and energy to serve the country and the people and I have never pursued personal gains. I have the courage to face the people and the 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.