Speaking in his annual work report, Wang Qishan said Olympic projects were on schedule and the economy had grown 12%.
But the city still had many problems to deal with, said Wang, including poor work safety standards, a potential property bubble and growing rich-poor divide.
"Population growth is excessively rapid, and tasks of cleaning up pollution and relieving traffic jams are especially hard," said Wang.
Wang also made a brief mention of corruption in his 90-minute speech. "A number of government departments and their employees lack a proper understanding of their service responsibilities and a tiny number of officials use their public position for private gain and become corrupt and degenerate," Wang said.
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