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China PM Urges Corruption Crackdown - 2004-09-30

Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao has urged the country's communist party members to rid the nation of corruption. Mr. Wen used his National Day address Thursday to call for a more intense fight against graft, saying those found guilty of corruption should be punished severely.

Mr. Wen also reaffirmed the government's commitment to economic reform, saying it must remain a priority for China. He called for more socialist democracy and expansion of the rule of law in the country.

The prime minister also vowed to continue opposing what he called the "separatist forces" in Taiwan. China considers Taiwan a renegade province, and has threatened to seize the island by force if it makes moves toward independence.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP.