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Premier voices confidence in economy, vows more reform, opening-up

Updated: Jul 7,2018 6:37 PM     Xinhua

Premier Li Keqiang addresses the opening ceremony of the 8th business forum between China and Central and Eastern European Countries (CEEC) in Sofia, Bulgaria, July 7, 2018. [Photo/Xinhua]

SOFIA — Premier Li Keqiang said in Sofia on July 7 that the Chinese economy is fully capable of maintaining a stable and positive development momentum with an accelerated pace of transitioning to a high-quality growth.

Premier Li made the remarks at the 8th trade and economic forum between China and Central and Eastern European countries (CEEC) in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Premier Li said that the Chinese economy has maintained an average growth rate of over 7 percent in the past five years, and contributed more than 30 percent to the world growth annually on average.

China’s GDP grew 6.8 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of this year, he added.

The Premier also reiterated China’s stance of sticking to the path of market reform and greater opening-up.

The Chinese government will deepen reform comprehensively with stronger determination, greater efforts as well as more concrete actions, Premier Li said, promising profound transformation of government functions, strengthened intellectual property rights protection and market order overhaul, and a business environment with international competitiveness.

China has announced a series of measures to expand opening-up, Premier Li said, explaining that such a decision is in line with its own development needs and will not change due to external factors.

The opening-up measures will bring enormous market opportunities for the whole world, including the CEEC, he said.

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