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Premier Wen Jiabao takes his final bow

Updated: 2012-03-15 08:05
By Cui Jia ( China Daily)

For both domestic and foreign reporters, there is no doubt that the premier's news conference after the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and National People's Congress is one of the most significant events of the annual sessions. Some say that it's the Oscars of China's news conferences, but I disagree. The Oscars has many stars, while the premier's news conference has only one.

For the past nine years, Premier Wen Jiabao has been that star. On Wednesday, the 70-year-old came to the "golden hall" of the Great Hall of the People and met the global press for the final time after the NPC, as he is expected to retire next year.

The conference was scheduled to begin at 10:50 am but to get a good spot to catch the historic moments of Wen's news conference some reporters even came to the Great Hall of the People before 7 am.

Premier Wen Jiabao takes his final bow