朱彤：I want to ask Vice Premier Qian Qi-chen to add a few things.
朱彤：I don't， we don't have such a logic that in a cabinet if one member or several members have been studied in former Soviet Union or in any other countries，then this cabinet will be pro-Soviet Union or pro-any coutry.We don't have this logic.I think no matter where the members of the cabinet once studied or what experience the members of the cabinet used to have，this cabinet is the cabinet of China.
朱彤：Thank you， Premier Zhu.I must tell that you are also my idol.I am from Phoenix Hong Kong.You know，the effect on Hong Kong of the financial crisis in Southeast Asia has begun to show，especially in the first half of this year，the unemployment rate in Hong Kong is the highest over the past one and a half years.So my first question，is what specific measures would the central government adopt if the Hong Kong economy were to face difficulties.And the second question，you know the foreign media have，um，very high，uh，spoken very highly of you，and they called you a *poker-faced Prime MInister or economic *czar.And we also know that in the course of the reform of the macro-regulation and the control and the reform of the government institutions，uh，there have been some inconveniences or some troubles caused to your families.Can you tell us，uh，have you ever felt depressed or frustrated and have you ever thought of giving up all ，all this？
朱彤： Since the financial crisis in Asia last year and especially since the stock market crash in Hong Kong on the 24th of October last year，thanks to the sound economic struture and a fairly strong economic power and a very large foreign exchange reserve of 98 billion US dollars in Hong kong，and also thanks to the effective and…measures and leadership exercised by the Hong Kong *SAR government，Hong Kong has overcome one difficulty after another.
SAR：Special Administrative Region 特别行政区
朱彤： The Chinese government speaks very highly of the policies adopted by the Hong Kong SAR government and we don't think that Hong Kong would encounter *insurmountable difficulties in the future.
朱彤： But if the Hong Kong SAR government were to need the support from the central government in an exceptional case or under exceptinal circumstances，then as long as the Hong Kong SAR government filed a request with the central government of China，then the central government of China would spare no efforts and would spare no cost to maintain the prosperity and stability of Hong Kong and to maintain the link system between the Hong Kong dollar and the US dollar.
朱彤：As for myself， I don't have much to say.Whatever the foreign media call me，call me China's Gorbanchev or economic czar or anything else，I'm not happy about that.
朱彤：So，as for my thinking， I think at present that's very simple.At this session of the National People's Congress，the deputies have entrust me with a very heavy and important task，and I myself can feel very keenly the *arduousness of this task.And actually I'm really fearful or I‘m afraid that uh，and I，that I would let the people down.
朱彤：But no matter what is waiting for me in front of me ， being land mines or an *abyss，I will *blaze my trail and I have no hesitation and no misgivings and I will do all my best and contribute，devote all myself to the people and the country until the last day of my life.
朱彤：In spite of some burdens on my mind， I still have every confidence that as long as we hold high the banner of Deng Xiao-ping theory and as long as we have the leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Jiang Ze-min at the core，and as long as we rely totally on the entire Chinese people，then the current government well be able to surmount any difficulty and will greet and will usher in success and triumph one after another.Thank you.
REPORTER：I'm James King From the financial Times.You have outlined some of the difficult ambitious reform programs in state-owned enterprises and in the banking system which will take three years.Will the difficulty of these reforms postpone China's expected entry into the WTO and will，on the question of financial services liberalization，the world have to wait until China has reformed its banking system before certain liberalization such as more banking licenses for foreign banks and more licenses for foreign insurance companies can be given？Thank you.
朱彤： We have set the objective of completing the financial system reform in three-year's time，but as a matter of fact we can basically complete the reform in the banking system this year，that is to say，before the end of this year.The reason why we set ，why we have set the target of three years is that we，uh，have，uh，estimated that this will be a very arduous and complicated issue，so se can't，uh，rush into the reform.So，but the main tasks of the reform will be completed within this year.
朱彤：As for the question of China's *accession into the WTO，and I think Vice Premier Li Lan-qing is in the best position to answer that.
朱彤：I'd like to make three points.First，China's attitude towards the accession into the WTO is a positive one and we have been working for that objective for eleven years，and we took part in the whole Uruguay round process and signed the final package agreement of the Uruguay round.
朱彤：The reason for us to have adopted a positive attitude towards that is because we believe that the world trade and economic cooperation need a unified set of rules.Otherwise，that may give rise to regional protectionism or even trade conflicts or wars in the interest of nobody.
朱彤：Secondly，China needs the WTO.However on the other hand，the WTO，as a world trade organization，I think，would be hard to play its due role as a world trade organization without the participation of China，already the tenth largest trading nation in the world.
朱彤：Now the problem is that a few members of the WTO think that China needs the WTO more than the WTO needs China.But I don't think this a correct view.
朱彤：Thirdly，after china joins the WTO，China is prepared to undertake the due obligations for a developing country.Meanwhile，we shall also enjoy the corresponding rights.
朱彤：Over the past decade and more，great progress and achievements have been made in china's reform although China is still not a member of the WTO.As a matter of fact，the results of many of our reforms have already gone beyond the commitments made by us.
朱彤：But our reform must proceed in a step-by -step manner according to the preset bojective and plans.And this has been proved correct in our practice.
朱彤：As Premier Zhu already said，we are going to make reform and conduct reform in a step-by-step manner according to the set objective for us.
朱彤：Now important progress has been made in the negotiations on this question.We hope that this matter will be resolved very soon.
REPORTER：I'm George Wefferts from Newsweek magazine.Um，according to our understanding，you are the only senior leader in China that was criticized as an Anti-Party Rightist Element in 1958.I hope you might tell us ，uh，where specifically you were when you were experiencing reform through labor，how long you were there，and how this experience affected your political outlook？Thank you.
朱彤：I have learned a lot from that experience，but that experience is also unpleasnt，so I don't want to mention that now.
REPORTER： Thank you.
REPORTER： Mr. Premier，I'm Joseph from Press West of India.As India's new Prime Minister is going to take charge today，what's about your message to him，especially since as he has decided to reevaluate India‘s nuclear program？
朱彤：Yesterday，I already sent a message of congratulations to the newly elected Prime Minister of India.
朱彤：And I hope very much that I will have the opportunity of meeting with him in due course in the future and so that I can learn from him.
朱彤：I recall my visit to India in 1994.On that occasion，I was there to attend the World Energy Conference，and on that trip，India has left me with a very fond impression