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China’s government debt risks controllable: Premier

Updated: Sep 9,2015 7:10 PM     Xinhua

Premier Li Keqiang speaks with global corporate leaders at the Annual Meeting of the New Champions of the World Economic Forum in Dalian, Liaoning province on Sept 9, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

Premier Li Keqiang said on Sept 9 that China’s government debt risks are “controllable,” as he met with business leaders ahead of the Annual Meeting of the New Champions, also known as the Summer Davos Forum.

“Government debt is at a relatively low level and concerns over China’s government debt risks are unnecessary,” he said.

Premier Li Keqiang (left) and Klaus Schwab, founder executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF) at the 2015 Summer Davos Forum, Sept 9, 2015. [Photo/Xinhua]

Central government debt is only about 20 percent of China’s GDP, while 70 percent of local government debt takes the form of investment with expected returns, the premier said.

Though Li downplayed concerns over debt risks, he added that it is part of Chinese traditional wisdom to “be mindful of potential risks in times of peace.”

This year’s Summer Davos forum is being held from Sept 9 to 11 in Northeast China’s port city Dalian, with more than 1,700 participants from over 90 countries.