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China premier opens parliament with pledges

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Premier Wen Jiabao is promising to save energy and cut pollution in 2007. These and other pledges will be part of the Chinese Premier’s annual report to the National People’s Congress in Beijing on Monday. China will also spend more on its rural areas, scene of considerable unrest as the nation’s cities leave inland villages struggling to share in the nation’s prosperity.

China has had four straight years of double-digit economic growth and it will explore ways to invest its foreign currency reserves now standing at more than one trillion Euros. Security was tight ahead of Parliament’s opening as hundreds of delegates converged on the Great Hall of the People to hear Premier Wen’s speech.