Chinese Premier Li Keqiang meets the press
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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang speaks at a press conference after the closing meeting of the second annual session of China's 12th National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 13, 2014. (Xinhua/Chen Jianli) 

China to continue search for missing plane as long as there is glimmer of hope: Premier

BEIJING, March 13 (Xinhua) -- China will not give up its efforts in searching for a missing Malaysia Airlines flight with 154 Chinese aboard "as long as there is a glimmer of hope," Premier Li Keqiang said on Thursday.

Li made the remarks at a press conference shortly after the conclusion of China's annual legislative session. Full story

Chinese premier vows "zero-tolerance" to corruption

BEIJING, March 13 (Xinhua) -- China will show "zero-tolerance" to corrupt officials no matter "how senior his position is," Premier Li Keqiang said at a press conference Thursday after the annual parliamentary session concluded.

"China is a country under rule of law. No matter who he is, and how senior his position is, if he violates Party discipline and the law of the country, he will be punished to the full extent, because everybody is equal before the law," Li said. Full story

Fiscal, tax, financial reforms high on agenda: Chinese premier

BEIJING, March 13 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Thursday that fiscal, tax and financial reforms had been set as a priority on the country's overall reform agenda in 2014.

"In the course of comprehensively deepening reform, we certainly need to be focused on key reforms and initiatives and we need to see breakthroughs in key areas," Li said. Full story

Chinese premier says GDP target flexible, stresses employment

BEIJING, March 13 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday said there is a level of flexibility for the government's growth target at around 7.5 percent this year, stressing rather the importance of creating enough jobs.

"We are not preoccupied with GDP growth," Li stressed when asked on the lowest growth rate that the government can live with at a press conference following the conclusion of the annual legislative session.  Full story

China to better handle relations between government, market: Premier Li

BEIJING, March 13 (Xinhua) -- Premier Li Keqiang said Thursday that the Chinese government will better handle the relationship between the government and the market, so as to add new impetus to the Chinese economy and boost the creativity and dynamism from all sides.

Last year, the Chinese central government took streamlining administration and delegating power to lower-level governments as the top priority on the reform agenda, Li told a press conference after the conclusion of the annual legislative session. Full story

China to enhance common interests, narrow disputes with neighbors: Premier Li

BEIJING, March 13 (Xinhua) -- China will enhance common interests and narrow differences with neighboring countries for the sake of peace and stability, said Premier Li Keqiang here Thursday.

China has unwavering commitment to pursuing peaceful development and unshakable will in safeguarding its sovereignty and territorial integrity, both for the sake of upholding stability and creating a favorable environment for its development, said Li at a press conference after the annual parliamentary session ended. Full story

China, U.S. should expand common interests: Premier Li

BEIJING, March 13 (Xinhua) -- China and the United States should expand common interests while respecting each other's core interests and major concerns and properly managing differences to raise the level of bilateral relationship, Premier Li Keqiang said here Thursday.

The Sino-U.S. relationship is in essence the one between the largest developing country and the largest developed country in the world, Li told a press conference after the conclusion of the annual legislative session. Full story

China, EU trade disputes can be solved: Premier Li

BEIJING, March 13 (Xinhua) -- China and the European Union (EU) can work out a solution to their trade disputes through mutual respect and proper consultations, said Premier Li Keqiang here Thursday.

Being each other's biggest trading partners, it is natural that the two come across some trade frictions, said Li at a press conference held after the annual parliamentary session ended. Full story

Premier Li calls for new progress in mainland-Taiwan ties

BEIJING, March 13 (Xinhua) -- Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday called for new progress in relations between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan.

At a press conference following the conclusion of the annual parliamentary session, Li said people-to-people exchanges and business cooperation are important components of ties across the Taiwan Strait.Full story

Premier Li stresses confidence in Hong Kong's competitive edge, prosperity

BEIJING, March 13 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang expressed his confidence Thursday in Hong Kong's competitive edge and ability to maintain prosperity.

The central government's policy toward Hong Kong and Macao is consistent and clear-cut, said Li at a press conference after the annual parliamentary session ended. Full story

China needs tough measures, regulations to fight pollution: Premier

BEIJING, March 13 (Xinhua) -- China needs both tough measures and tough regulations to fight pollution, Premier Li Keqiang said Thursday.

Li made the remarks at a press conference shortly after the conclusion of this year's parliamentary session. Full story

China able to keep economic operation in proper range: Premier

BEIJING, March 13 (Xinhua) -- Premier Li Keqiang said Thursday that China's economy has "tremendous potential and resilience" and the country is able to keep its economic growth in a proper range.

"We gained good experience in handling economic development last year and the Chinese economy has tremendous potential and resilience," Li said at a press conference held after the annual parliamentary session ended. "So I believe that we have the ability and conditions to keep the economic operation in a proper range this year."Full story

China's debt risk within control: Premier

BEIJING, March 13 (Xinhua) -- China has attached high attention on government debt and risks in this area are generally within control, Premier Li Keqiang said at a press conference on Thursday.

Citing an official audit of government debts last year, Li said the country's debt-to-GDP ratio is still below the internationally recognized warning line. Full story

Timetable set for implementing Basel III: Chinese premier

BEIJING, March 13 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Thursday that the authorities had set a timetable for implementing the Basel III accord in tightening regulative measures over shadow banking.

"Concerning financial risks such as shadow banking, we are tightening regulation and have set a timetable for implementing the regulative measures under the Basel III accord," Li said.Full story

China to curb housing speculation: Premier Li

BEIJING, March 13 (Xinhua) -- China will take a differential approach to regulate the housing market, and curb speculation and investment-oriented purchases, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said here on Thursday.

At a press conference held at the end of China's annual parliamentary session, Li said China will support people's reasonable needs for housing and will increase the supply of ordinary commercial housing in the market. Full story

Premier Li promises to promote social fairness, improve people's livelihood

BEIJING, March 13 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday said that his government will give a priority to the promotion of social fairness and the improvement of people's livelihood.

"We need to meet people's basic living needs, to provide the last resort for people to fall back on in case of special difficulty, and to promote social fairness," Li said at a press conference shortly after the conclusion of China's annual legislative session, calling them three major tasks for the government this year. Full story

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