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Premier Wen says Japanese companies in China pay too low

China’s premier Wen Jiabao told a visiting Japanese delegation on Sunday that Japanese companies operating in China should address workers’ discontent over low wages that he claims led to labour disputes this year.

Wen’s comment comes after Japan’s foreign minister Katsuya Okada called for "transparent policies" governing workers in China, stating the labour disputes that halted work at dozens of factories in China were troubling to Japanese companies.

The widespread strikes were rare for China, but the government permitted them, apparently trying to put more money in workers’ pockets as part of efforts to boost consumer spending.