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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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Wen Jiabao 'truly sorry'

The Great Hall of the People, Beijing Credit: Angus Walker

China's premier Wen Jiabao is using today's annual press conference - his last before stepping down in October - as an opportunity to say good bye to the people. He said: "I have the courage to face the people ... ultimately history will have the final say."

He also said he has "many regrets" and that he should take responsibility for problems in the economy, for which he is "truly sorry".

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