Al Jazeera: The friendly relations between China and Arab countries and the entire Middle-East region have had a long history. China has been committed to working with the rest of the international community to help find solutions to related problems. But on the issue of Middle-East, in particular the issue of Syria, it seems that there is a wide gap between China's position and the positions of many other countries in the world. I want to ask: what is exactly the position of China on the Issue of Syria and what is China's consideration behind all these efforts surrounding the Syrian issue? How does China see the Arab people's demand for democracy? Is China concerned that its relationship with the Arab countries will be affected?
Wen: On the issue of Syria, China has no personal interests and China does not seek to protect any party including the government of Syria. We make our own right judgment and determine our own position on this issue on the basis of actual facts. The position of the Chinese government on the Syrian issue is four-fold: first, the lives of civilians must be protected and the killing of civilians must be immediately stopped by all relevant parties in Syria; second, China respects the legitimate aspirations for change and for the pursuits of their own interests of the Syrian people; third, China supports the special envoy jointly appointed by the UN and the Arab League in his mediation efforts; and fourth, China has deep sympathies for the humanitarian plight of the Syrian people. We have participated in the relevant international humanitarian aid and we will continue to do so. At the same time, China has, through its own ways, worked intensively on the relevant parties for the early launch of a political dialogue process. We believe that the demand for democracy by the Arab people must be respected and truly responded to. I believe that this trend towards democracy cannot be held back by any force.
There have been exchanges stretching up to 1,000 years between China and Arab countries. It has been China's consistent position to respect the Islam civilization and support the just cause of Arab countries. The two sides have engaged in productive cooperation in a wide range of areas. Not long ago, I visited Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar. I feel that there is consensus between China and Arab countries, including the Gulf countries that cooperation has been the mainstay of the relations between the two sides. As the Arab world undergoes changes, I believe that the position of the Chinese side will win the understanding and trust of the Arab countries and eventually the relations and exchanges between China and Arab countries will strengthen.
注：UAE（阿联酋）全称为United Arab Emirates（阿拉伯联合酋长国）
China National Radio: People have paid very close attention to the Wuying case of Zhejiang Province. I would like to say you, Mr. Premier, do you think Wuying should be sentenced to death? How do you see the difficulty confronting private capital in making investments?
Wen: I have noted that there has been much public attention paid to the Wuying case. On this matter, I would like to make the following points. First, a thorough study must be conducted concerning the legal aspects of private lending and the principles that should be observed in handling this matter so that there will be clearly defined legal safeguards for private lending. Second, the Wuying case must be handled on the basis of real facts. I have noted that the Supreme People's Court has issued a circular requiring that all cases concerning the disputes over private lending must be carefully handled and the Supreme People's Court has taken a cautious attitude toward the Wuying case. Third, the case shows in my view that private finance cannot yet meet the requirements of economic and social development in China. The Chinese companies in particular, small- and micro-enterprises need to access funds. The banks have yet to be able to meet those companies’ need and there is a massive amount of idle private capitals. We should allow non-governmental investment into finance. We need to bring the private financial activities into the open and standardized those activities. We should encourage their development and at the same time put them under strict oversight and supervision. I can tell you here that the People's Bank of China and China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) are now actively considering launching an overall reform in this particular field with Wenzhou’s private financial activities as one of the places for a trial of this reform.