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Chinese premier hails people's "strong will" during inspection of quake-hit region


Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (L, front) visits residents in Nanxin Township of Maoxian County, southwest China's Sichuan Province, May 9, 2011. Wen made an inspection tour on the post-quake reconstruction work in Sichuan from May 7 to 9. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei) CHENGDU, May 10, 2011 -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao hailed the progress of post-quake reconstruction efforts in southwestern Sichuan Province and expressed his belief that the people there have a "strong will" and a "bright future." "The enormous changes over the past three years have proved that people in this disaster-hit area will never back down, and that they will stand firmly on this land and build up their towns with their own hands," Wen said. Wen made the remarks during an inspection of the area's reconstructed facilities. The May 7-9 inspection tour marked Wen's 10th visit to the region since the devastating magnitude-8.0 earthquake occurred in May 2008, leaving 80,000 people dead or missing. The Chinese government had made a goal of rebuilding the region within three years following the quake. NEW TOUR, NEW MIRACLES On May 7, Wen traveled in a car along a newly-built mountain road to Qingchuan, one of Sichuan's worst-hit counties. Wen had to take a boat to get to the county when he visited in 2008, as the original road was destroyed in the quake. Most of the county's original reside...

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