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China: Syria must heed calls

China's prime minister has warned Syria and the Middle East that the call for democracy from their people must be ''respected and truly responded to''.

Premier Wen also admitted that urgent political and economic reform in China is needed.

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China's premier to hold annual press conference

China's Great Hall of the People in Tiananmen Square - the venue for today's conference Credit: Angus Walker

China's premiere Wen Jiabao will hold his annual press conference today following the closing ceremony for the National People's Congress - China's parliament.

Tight security in Tiananmen Square Credit: Angus Walker

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