What Did Wen Say At Davos?

Prime Minister Wen Jiabao’s speech to the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland played to a full house, as would be expected for one of the meeting’s star turns. But what did he say?

Wen made “an unusually upbeat appeal in the context of this year’s rather anxious gathering”, according to the BBC‘s Bridget Kendall.  The New York Times concurred that the Chinese premier had “injected a note of optimism at Davos.” Xinhua reported a call for “confidence, cooperation and responsibility as key to overcoming the current global financial crisis”. Forbes thought confidence-boosting was the speech’s entire purpose. But the FT detected “an unapologetic tone”. The Wall Street Journal heard “a strongly worded indictment of the causes of the crisis, clearly aimed largely at the United States though he didn’t name it”.

Judge for yourself. You can see video of the speech in English or in Chinese, or read it in English (.pdf file) on the WEF site.

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