Premier promises a streamlined path for overseas investors
Premier Li Keqiang said China would continue to push for reforms such as streamlining administration, delegating more power and strengthening protection of intellectual property rights to create a more enabling environment for foreign investors.
“China’s door, once open, is unlikely to be closed,” he said in a roundtable discussion moderated by Michael Bloomberg, the three-term former mayor of New York City and founder of Bloomberg LP, on Tuesday.
China and the US not only have stable political ties, but also enjoy very close business cooperation, Li told academics and business leaders on Tuesday at the Waldorf Astoria in New York.
“There exist tremendous investment opportunities between China and the US,” Li said. “I believe American businesses will find larger and larger market in China.”
The premier said he hoped the US would ease its controls on the export of high technology products, and that the two countries would reach a high-level, win-win bilateral trade agreement soon.
He said China is a firm defender of free trade and is committed to supporting efforts to advance trade liberalization within the framework of the World Trade Organization.
The premier said that it is only natural that there have occurred some disparities between the world’s largest and second-largest economies, given their different cultural and national conditions.
“In spite of rain and wind, there is always a clear sky after the rain,” Li said.
Other participants in the discussion included former secretary of state Henry Kissinger, former treasury secretary Henry Paulson, Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman, Lee Bollinger, president of Columbia University, and TV journalist Charlie Rose.
Bloomberg, who is also founder of financial news service Bloomberg LP and chair of the Working Group on US RMB Trading and Clearing, kicked off the discussion by saying that China and the US benefit from each other’s successes.
“When we work together, extraordinary things really are possible and the global climate agreement reached in December in Paris is a very good example of the cooperation between both countries.”
Bloomberg also praised Li for helping guide China through “one of the most dynamic moments in its history, one that has really been extraordinary to watch.
“China’s economic growth has improved millions of lives and I want to congratulate Premier Li and his team here for all they’ve done to make that possible,” he said.
In spite of rain and wind, there is always a clear sky after the rain.”
Premier Li Keqiang