23 Oct '11, 3am

China braces for inflation fight

SHANGHAI: China's Premier Wen Jiabao has called for more steps to fight stubbornly high inflation, especially surging food and housing prices which could threaten social stability, state media reported. High inflation has persisted despite government moves to rein in soaring food and housing prices, which officials fear could spark social unrest as citizens grow angry at higher costs. The benchmark consumer price index rose 6.1 per cent year-on-year in September, slowing only marginally from a 6.2 per cent rise in August and retreating from a more than three-year high of 6.5 per cent in July. The Chinese leader said ensuring the livelihood of the people had a direct link to preserving social stability, the official Xinhua news agency said in a report late Saturday, which was carried by state newspapers on Sunday. "Measures to control prices must be implemented at the grass...

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