Li talks with shan­ty­town dwellers in Shandong

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ur­ban­iza­tion and also to help build a healthy and sta­ble real es­tate mar­ket, Li told lo­cal of­fi­cials.

The premier stepped into the 32-square-me­ter house of Zhang Shi­rong, 77, who has lived there with her hus­band for 42 years. Zhang has to put on three or four quilts in the win­ter. She is afraid to burn coal af­ter get­ting a car­bon monox­ide poi­son­ing from a coal-fu­eled stove sev­eral years ago.

Wang Guilan, 87, had been liv­ing in a 19-sq-m shanty house for 56 years. Wang suf­fers from high blood pres­sure and heart dis­ease, and her fam­ily was un­able to af­ford a big­ger apart­ment. She asked the premier when her fam­ily could move into a new home. Lo­cal of­fi­cials said a date has been set for next year, and Li told Wang the prom­ise will be kept.

On Fri­day, Li also vis­ited re­searchers of crys­talline ma­te­ri­als, busi­ness star­tups as well as com­pil­ers of tra­di­tional cul­tural books at Shandong Univer­sity.

The premier started his Shandong tour on Wed­nes­day. On Thurs­day, Li vis­ited Ji­nan Steel and Iron Group, a sub­sidiary of Shandong Steel Group.

As the com­pany is cut­ting ex­cess pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity, more than 20,000 work­ers have to be trans­ferred to other posts. The coun­try will re­mem­ber the work­ers’ con­tri­bu­tion, their le­gal rights will be en­sured and no one will lose their job, Li told work­ers.

ROY LIU / CHINA DAILY

A pedes­trian bat­tles through heavy rain in Lai Chi Kok on Fri­day evening af­ter the Hong Kong Ob­ser­va­tory is­sued this year’s first Am­ber Rain­storm Warn­ing as thun­der­storms bore down on the city. The tem­per­a­ture fell sharply and the week­end will be rel­a­tively cool.

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