For­eign me­dia drawn to out­look on econ­omy

China Daily (Canada) - - TWOSESSIONS - By CUI JIA cui­

Premier Li Ke­qiang’s take on China’s eco­nomic growth re­ceived the most at­ten­tion from for­eign cor­re­spon­dents who at­tended his an­nual news con­fer­ence in Bei­jing on Wed­nes­day.

Many said that whether China, the world’s se­cond-largest econ­omy, can achieve its growth tar­get or not will have a strong im­pact on their home coun­tries.

“Li’s words as­sured us that the Chi­nese econ­omy is not go­ing to have a hard land­ing. It’s the main topic of the press con­fer­ence for me,” said Clau­dio Pagliara, a reporter from RAI, Italy’s state-owned broad­caster.

The premier ex­plained how new forces are form­ing and ris­ing in the econ­omy and said they will re­place the old forces, Pagliara added.

Rita Fa­ti­guso, China correspondent of the Ital­ian news­pa­per Il Sole 24 Ore, said Li con­fi­dently ex­plained how China’s econ­omy won’t let the world down. China’s de­vel­op­ment is im­por­tant to Italy’s econ­omy, since the two coun­tries are key trade part­ners, she said.

“Li also talked a lot about how to im­prove peo­ple’s liveli­hood, and he en­sured their wel­fare. When Chi­nese peo­ple don’t feel se­cure about their fu­ture, they are likely to spend less, which is not good news for the world’s econ­omy,” she added.

With the help of newly in­stalled big screens on both sides of Li’s seat, re­porters through­out the area could clearly see the premier’s ev­ery move and ex­pres­sion.

To give more re­porters an op­por­tu­nity to at­tend Li’s news con­fer­ence, the or­ga­nizer added 200 seats this year.

Ana Car­doso, a reporter from Noti­cias, a news­pa­per in Mozam­bique, raised her hand each time the host se­lected re­porters to ask the premier a ques­tion.

“I wanted to ask Li how Africa can ben­e­fit from China’s eco­nomic growth and at the same time con­trib­ute to the Chi­nese econ­omy, as China has been fo­cus­ing on cre­at­ing stronger ties be­tween China and Africa in re­cent years,” she said.

Un­for­tu­nately, like most re­porters, she didn’t get the chance to do so, since the com­pe­ti­tion to ask a ques­tion was fierce at the once-a-year op­por­tu­nity.

How­ever, Li couldn’t say no to a reporter from Farmer’s Daily who con­stantly held a piece of pa­per on which were two big Chi­nese char­ac­ters for “farmer”.

Li also an­swered a ques­tion raised by peo­ple on the In­ter­net.

“It shows that the govern­ment wants and is will­ing to di­rectly com­mu­ni­cate with peo­ple and solve their prob­lems,” Car­doso said.

He Yini con­trib­uted to this story.

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