Premier Li Keqiang delivered a speech at China’s top political advisory agency on Nov 6, during which he did not refer to a script prepared earlier.
At the meeting attended by nearly 300 members of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Standing Committee, Premier Li elaborated on the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20) to the political advisers.
“To show respect to the CPPCC members, I have prepared a script for my speech; however, chairman Yu told me that I’d ‘better not read the script’, so I accepted his advice,” said the Premier. Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the CPPCC National Committee, presided over the meeting.
After the speech, Premier Li interacted with the members, and five political advisers asked questions covering various areas such as the status of private-owned enterprises, the establishment of a society governed by law, and infrastructure construction.
Premier Li told the CPPCC members that the government encourages private companies to expand business overseas, and more support policies will be made for the development of private companies.
“All of our national enterprises, whether State-owned or private-owned, should be treated equally as long as they could push forward the ‘going out’ of Chinese equipment,” Premier Li said.
Ge Jianxiong, a political adviser and professor at Fudan University, suggested that the second-child policy, which was formed during the fifth plenary session of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, should be implemented nationwide as soon as possible.
Premier Li echoed that before implementing the second-child policy, the law on population and family-planning should be revised.
“I have got your advice, and we will push forward the relevant works in a positive manner,” Premier Li said. “But my word cannot replace the law, which should be understood by you.”
While answering questions about poverty reduction, Premier Li said that by improving social security and health care, the policies will cover all of the current 70 million poverty-stricken people.
The Premier also answered a question about how to raise funds for the government’s infrastructure projects, saying that private companies are welcome to invest in the public projects, such as underground pipelines.