1. Shanghai Morning Post: Thank you. I am a reporter from the Shanghai
Morning Post. I have three questions to ask. The first one is about the social
security policy, released just now, on disabled people who suffer serious
handicaps. I think the disabled will be quite eager to know when the policy will
be put into effect. How will those who are supposed to be entitled to the policy
apply for this medicare program? In addition, the major targeted group of the
policy is those heavily disabled people who have not been covered by any
insurance program. I also want to ask how many disabled people are registered in
the city. Some of them may have some abilitity to work. Then, does the
government have any measures to help them participate in working? Another two
questions. Some media last week reported that the construction of the
Shanghai-Hangzhou maglev line had been suspended. I am not sure if the news is
true? Could you give more details? Another question is about real estate. Also
last week, some news said there would be some adjustment in the transaction tax
on second-hand house. Is it true? If there is an adjustment, when will it be
enacted citywide from a trial basis in some areas? And why the adjustment is
Jiao Yang: First of all, I give an answer to the question about the basic
medicare program for those seriously handicapped people without any insurance.
The reporter raised several practical questions and paid much attention to
details, such as how many people, how to help them and how to apply. I will pick
up several key points to reply.
The policy has been passed at a regular meeting of the municipal government.
The city¡¯s medicare authority, the association of the disabled, the labor and
social security bureau, the finance bureau and the civil affairs bureau will
further improve the implementation plan, according to the requirements of the
municipal government. The detailed rules are being drafted. We need to set up a
database on the city¡¯s seriously handicapped people without any social
insurance. It takes time to develop and test the computer system and to train
the staff to be engaged in the work. Therefore, the involved authorities are
addressing their efforts to the preliminary work. As for the time when the
policy will become effective, the municipal government requires the authorities
to strive to launch the operation of the policy in July. Then those heavily
handicapped people will enjoy a basic medicare program and benefit from the
achievements of the reform and opening-up strategy.
The following is some basic information on the city¡¯s seriously handicapped
people. I mentioned just now that Shanghai has about 35,000 seriously
handicapped people, and there are a total of 269,000 disabled people registered
in the city. About 168,000 are of working age. At present, about 120,000 are
employed. A minimum income policy has been introduced for heavily handicapped
people who are unable to work. About 35,000 such people have been covered.
As for the procedure of the application for the medicare program, the
entitled seriously disabled people can file an application with the association
of the disabled at their neighborhood committee, producing disability
certificate, ID card, household register and a document issued by the
district/county medicare authority to certify the applicant has not been covered
by any medicare program. The neighborhood-based association of the disabled will
accept the application. When the association at district/county level reviews
the application, they will submit the information to the city¡¯s association of
the disabled. Reviewed by the city-level association and the municipal civil
affairs bureau, the information of those qualified applicants will be provided
to the municipal medicare authority. The authority will issue a certificate of
medical treatment for the applicant.
The reporter also asked some other questions just now. As we inquired of the
related authorities about the suspension of the Shanghai-Hangzhou maglev
project, they haven¡¯t received any notice on this issue. The reporter also asked
a question about the tax on second-hand house transaction. There is no change in
the current tax policies on second-hand house transaction. The Shanghai Local
Taxation Bureau has clarified the issue on the city¡¯s major media. The taxation
authorities at all levels in the city are explaining it to the taxpayers. Here I
have nothing to update.
2. 21st Century Business Herald: In the logistics industry plan released
today, the Yangshan Deep-Water Port is a much highlighted part. I want to ask
several questions about the Yangshan Deep-Water Port. Some news said that the
operation of the first phase and the second phase of the port needs a merger.
The first phase is operated by Shanghai International Port Group, a state-owned
company. But the second phase has foreign participation. Now the first and the
second phases will merge. Is the news true? Have the investors of the third
phase been nailed down? What is the proportion of the shareholding? And how
about the next phases? Does Li Ka-shing¡¯s group intend to invest in the fifth
phase, and is the negotiation under way? How is it going? Thank you.
Wu Zhenguo: The construction and the operation of the Yangshan Deep-Water
Port draw everybody¡¯s attention. The port is a significant national project,
approved by the State Council. It also has the country¡¯s first bonded port area
approved by the State Council. The nine berths of the first and the second
phases have been put into use. In 2006, the bonded area in Yangshan port handled
3.24 million TEUs. The total value of imports and exports amounted to US$48.2
billion. From January through April this year, the bonded port area saw a bigger
development. The container throughput totaled 1.69 million TEUs during the
period, and the total value of imports and exports reached US$22.7 billion,
double that in the same period of last year. The third phase is under
construction, and several berths of the facility are expected to be completed by
the end of this year. These berths can be put into operation when they pass the
national checks and receive the approval. I am not very clear about the
information on shareholding the reporter talked about. You can consult the
related authorities after the conference. I here want to reiterate that the
Yangshan Deep-Water Port is an achievement of concerted efforts and cooperation
between Shanghai and Zhejiang Province. It embodies Shanghai and Zhejiang¡¯s
determinations and efforts to build Shanghai into an international shipping
center. The management system of the Yangshan bonded port area is also a
successful example of the cooperation between the city and the province, which
is conducive to increased regional exchanges on the Yangtze River Delta and to
Shanghai¡¯s construction of an international shipping center. Thank you.
3. CCTV: Thank you. I have a question about the construction of the maglev
project. It is said that the residents along the planned route are so concerned
about the electromagnetic radiation that up to 5,000 people complain to local
authorities every day. How will the municipal government deal with the issue?
Jiao Yang: Shanghai municipal government always adheres to the principles of
people oriented, scientific development and harmonious development. The State
Council approved to conduct a feasibility study for the maglev project last
year. The project is undergoing some preliminary work, including collecting
opinions from various channels and improving the plan. The whole process
reflects the prudence of municipal government on this issue.
4. Yomiuri: I have another question about the maglev train project. The line
starts from Longyang Road, goes through the World Expo site, Shanghai South
Railway Station and ends at Hong Qiao Airport. It is reported that the project
has spurred a lot of complaints from the residents along the line. According to
the current project, the safety distance between the houses and the maglev line
is set at 22.5 meters. It is also claimed that residents living beyond the
safety distance will not be affected by the radiation and as a result do not
need to be relocated. What is the basis for setting the distance at 22.5 meters?
I heard that the government has restricted the residents from taking interviews.
What is your comment on this issue? Thank you.
Jiao Yang: In fact I have answered your first question when I responded the
question from CCTV. I can explain again. The construction of the maglev line is
going through the feasibility study, including the environmental issue you
mentioned. The government is collecting opinions from experts and residents to
improve the proposed plan at the moment.
As for your second question, I haven¡¯t heard of any restriction on
interviews. According to No. 477 Order issued by the State Council, all
interviews are open to foreign reporters during the preparation and the course
of the Olympics. The municipal government will strictly comply with the
regulations made by the central government. Please let us know if you have any
5. Radio News Center: The 10th anniversary of Hong Kong¡¯s handover is
approaching. I remember people once were worried that Shanghai would be a major
rival of Hong Kong, while talking about the prospect of offshore logistics
development. Today, we also mention the development of the Yangshan Deep-Water
Port. Then, how will Shanghai cooperate with Hong Kong to develop offshore
logistics together, and how will the two cities develop their own advantage for
a sound competition?
Wu Zhenguo: The development of Shanghai and Hong Kong should include
cooperation, mutual benefits and competition. Because of different geographical
locations, the two cities have their own advantages. The Yangshan port situated
on the center of the country¡¯s coastline and Hong Kong is in the country¡¯s
south. The Yangtze River Delta and the Pearl River Delta will both obtain
prosperity through mutual development. Competition between us also exists
sometimes, but we both can benefit from it. In addition, our sound relationship
of cooperation will help us exert our advantages to offset the other¡¯s
6. Agence France-Presse Shanghai branch: I¡¯d like to ask several questions
about the maglev project. The project is in its preliminary stage. How far has
the work to relocate the residents along the planned route proceeded? Is it
ongoing or halted? The second question is if you will reach some agreements with
some German technological companies. Have the agreement been clinched, or still
Jiao Yang: You have actually repeated my answer clearly. These are all the
work in the preliminary stage.
7. Xinmin Evening News Community Edition: I am concerned about the issue of
pork. Pork prices are soaring, which has also drawn the attention of Premier Wen
Jiabao. Does Shanghai municipal government have any measures to cope with the
Chen Haigang: I really appreciate media¡¯s attention to the issue concerning
people¡¯s living. Pork is an important agricultural product and a daily
necessity. Pork prices are affected by both cost and the relation between supply
and demand. The city saw a steady increase in the consumption of pork in the
recent years. The growth of pork consumption was not the fastest in consumer
goods. The current change in pork prices basically matches up to the factors,
including the increased cost.
People have noticed pork prices surged recently. I mentioned just now that
this is a result of both an imbalanced supply and demand relation and the
increased cost. During the same period of last year when pork prices were quite
low, our urban residents couldn¡¯t realize the toil of raising pigs in rural
areas. At that time, a live pig was sold at only more than three yuan a
kilogram. Now the price is more than six yuan per kg. All pig raisers then
suffered losses. The media might have not noticed the pig raisers were losing
enthusiasm. So, now the supply of live pigs has declined. The second factor is
the increased cost. Affected by the international market, prices of major
feedstuff, such as corn, rose, which fueled the increase in pork prices.
Premier Wen Jiabao has pointed it out that the price hike gives farmers a
signal that they can raise more pigs, while government agencies should pay
attention to the rise of pork prices. The government should control and
stabilize the price when it rises to a certain extent, to make sure urban
residents can afford pork. The city¡¯s Party committee and the municipal
government think a lot on the issue. The municipal government yesterday held a
special meeting and discussed several measures. First, the city will beef up the
cooperation between producers and sellers. Only 25 percent to 30 percent of the
pork on the city¡¯s market is supplied by farmers in the city¡¯s suburban areas.
More than 70 percent depends on the supply from other provinces and regions.
Therefore, Shanghai should borrow the experience from the grain industry to
strengthen the cooperation between producers and sellers.
Second, we will improve the organization of supply. At present, the supply on
the market is ample. Media reports also said these days that pork prices have
declined. We will strive to prevent price fluctuation caused by insufficient
Third, we will step up the market management and supervision. The municipal
government has done much job in this aspect.
Fourth, low-income residents, colleges and troops will receive financial
support. We will give aid to low-income residents, following the city¡¯s minimum
income policy. We have increased the amount of the cereal and an oil subsidy.
Finally, we hope media can tell residents that the municipal government has
taken many measures to ensure a stable, sufficient and safe supply on the
market. People have no need to worry about the issue.
8. Shanghai Daily: The auction price of private car plates has kept rising
over the recent several months in Shanghai. It has almost reached a historic
high. If the market demand rmains strong, will the city government consider
increasing the quota, or other measures to prevent the price from surging too
Wu Zhenguo: According to the practical condition of Shanghai¡¯s urban
development, we will not change our principle to control the increase of new
vehicles in the downtown area in the near future. And we will continue to step
up efforts to develop public transport and give priority to public transport.
The control and people¡¯s robust demand for car purchase will result in the
increase in the auction price of private car plates. I believe the related
government departments will properly cope with the relation between amount and
price. If we don¡¯t control the increase of new vehicles in the downtown area, a
prior development of public transport will never be realized, and the city¡¯s
environment and road capacity are also unable to handle it.
Jiao Yang: As we all know, Shanghai government introduced the spokesperson
system on June 3, 2003. Led by the city¡¯s Party committee and the municipal
government and supported by all the reporters, the practice has proceeded for
four years till today. The spokesperson team told me that we have held 101 press
conferences during the period. This is the 101st conference today. On these 101
conferences, we released nearly 300 important government policies and government
affairs updates. First of all, I want to thank every reporter for your support,
participation and cooperation. Thanks to your efforts, much significant
information of the city government has been recognized, comprehended and
supported by citizens. Also, I here give my appreciation to our outstanding
team, the working team of the city government¡¯s spokesperson. On the days when
there was no press conference, they took a lot of phone calls from reporters,
answered reporters¡¯inquiries, helped reporters solve interview problems and
provided news services to domestic and foreign reporters.
We are gratified at the achievement we made in these four years. But we know
we have a long way to go, before we build a service-, responsibility- and
law-oriented government, as the city government promises. Therefore, we should
keep learning and continue working hard to contribute to the realization of a
fair, open and transparent information environment. The support of you reporters
is also absolutely necessary.
Today¡¯s press conference is over. Thank you, every reporter and the two