Chinese Premier Li Keqiang meets the press after the closing of the fourth session of the 13th National People's Congress in Beijing, March 11, 2021. (Photo/China News Service)
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang started a press conference Thursday after the closing of the fourth session of the 13th National People's Congress.
The premier will take questions from Chinese and foreign reporters via video link.
The following are some key points of the press conference.
China and the United States should strive for sustained and healthy development of their relations, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said.
China hopes the two countries would act in the spirit of the recent phone conversation between Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Joseph R. Biden, respect each other's core interests and major concerns, and refrain from interfering in each other's internal affairs.
A growth target of over 6 percent in 2021 is not low considering the size of the Chinese economy, and the target is set to guide expectations to consolidate economic recovery foundation and pursue high-quality development, said Li.
China is still a developing country, and there is still a long way to go before it can achieve modernization, Li said.
The fundamental purpose of China's development is to enable the Chinese people to lead a better life, and China's development will be a major contribution to world peace, stability, development and prosperity, he said.
China has acted in a fact-based manner and with an open, transparent and cooperative approach to maintain communications with the World Health Organization concerning the origins of the COVID-19, and provided the WHO missions support during their work in China, Premier Li Keqiang said.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday expressed firm confidence that humanity can win the battle against COVID-19, a common enemy of humankind.
China will maintain the continuity and sustainability of macro policies this year to keep the operation of the economy within an appropriate range, Premier Li Keqiang said.
China had maintained communication with the WHO and provided the WHO mission support during their work in China concerning the origins of the virus, stressing that the Chinese side has acted in a fact-based manner and with an open, transparent and cooperative approach.