Premier Wen Jiabao again called for greater democracy and reforms while making a speech at the Royal Society in London.
He said corruption and income disparity were harming people's lives in China.
"Without freedom there is no real democracy and without the guarantee of economic and political rights there is no real freedom," he said. "To be frank corruption, unfair income distribution and other ills that harm the people's interests still exist in China. The best way to resolve these problems is to firmly advance the political structural reform and socialist democracy under the rule of law," he said.
Wen is keen to show how progressive China is and yet the country severely lags behind his rhetoric. He likes to make these kinds of statements when traveling abroad to give the impression of how liberal China's senior leaders are, but instead it's the country's repressive actions that give such a negative picture.
The recent releases of Ai Weiwei and Hu Jia for speaking out and criticizing the government are things people in the west take for granted.
So for Wen to say it's important to have more reforms is very jarring.
And what is his definition of "real democracy"? China keeps insisting on more inter party democracy rather than democracy for all of its citizens.
Just another eyebrow raiser to keep pundits wondering on what's really happening in China.
But as we all know, actions speak louder than words.