China's premier promises "unique" Olympic Games
( dpa ) - China's Premier Wen Jiabao promised delegates at the National People's Congress (NPC) a "unique" and "well organized" Olympic Games during his opening speech on Wednesday.
The 3,000 delegates of the NPC, the nominal parliament of the ruling Communist Party, will decide on economic and development measures as well as rubber stamp government appointments during their 14-day session.
"All sons and daughters of the Chinese nation look forward to them," said Wen of the 2008 Olympics that open August 8 in Beijing.
The Olympic Games are extremely important for China's economic and social development, explained Wen.
"We will prepare and will organize the Games well, we will develop co-operation with the international community and will create an excellent environment to guarantee a unique and well organized sport event."
The International Olympic Committee has repeatedly praised China for their preparations for the 2008 Games. However, criticism against China's human rights situation and concerns about pollution in Beijing have not abated.
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