28 Jun '11, 12am

Premier Wen Jiabao calls for freedom and real democracy in China, amid clampdown on dissent.

Premier Wen Jiabao calls for freedom and real democracy in China, amid clampdown on dissent.

Mr Wen also said corruption and income disparities were harming people's lives in China. 'Without freedom there is no real democracy and without the guarantee of economic and political rights there is no real freedom,' he said in a speech in London. -- PHOTO: AP LONDON - PREMIER Wen Jiabao called on Monday for freedom and real democracy in China, even though Beijing has clamped down on dissent this year following scattered online calls for a 'Jasmine' revolution similar to uprisings in the Arab world. Speaking on a visit to Britain, Mr Wen also said corruption and income disparities were harming people's lives in China. 'Without freedom there is no real democracy and without the guarantee of economic and political rights there is no real freedom,' he said in a speech in London. 'To be frank corruption, unfair income distribution and other ills that harm the people's intere...

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