This morning (March 5, 2013), Premier Wen Jiabao delivered the government work report at the first annual session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC), which lasted about 2 hours before it came to an end. Nearly 3,000 NPC deputies attending the opening meeting gave him a warm applause. After the long and thunderous applause, Premier Wen turned to the session's presidium, bowing in token of respect and acknowledgment, followed by another round of warm applause. After that, Premier Wen turned back again and bowed three separate times to all NPC deputies. At this, the Great Hall of the People immediately sounded the prolonged and resounding applause and cheers.
At this point, Premier Wen’s three bows symbolized the finishing touch to his decade-long premiership.
After Wen Jiabao was elected as the premier of the State Council in 2003 and was reelected for his second term in 2008, China was faced with tremendous changes in its economic and social scenarios during his premier tenure, coupled with the highly volatile international situations. Premier Wen has arduously worked as “a burdened old horse” and it is not until today when he finished the government work report that he is anyhow “relieved” of his heavy workload.