01 Oct '11, 5am

China marks national day vowing for 'democracy'

China marks national day vowing for 'democracy'

BEIJING: China's top leaders marked national day Saturday with an appearance on Tiananmen Square in central Beijing after Prime Minister Wen Jiabao pledged greater "democracy" and rights for the people. President Hu Jintao, Wen and top Communist Party leaders descended on the vast square and bowed before the monument to revolutionary martyrs, as they marked the 62nd anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. In a speech Friday night, Wen pledged to address China's biggest social issues, including rising inflation, a yawning income gap, unemployment, food safety, corruption, environmental destruction and social injustice. "We will make great efforts to guarantee and perfect democracy and resolve the problems that most concern the people and that most directly involve their interests," Wen said in the speech posted Saturday on government websites. "We wil...

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