Li talks with shantytown dwellers in Shandong
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.
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.