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“I should point out that 6.5 per cent growth is not low speed and will not be easy for us to meet.”

Li said China would also look to cut taxes and fees on com­pa­nies by one tril­lion yuan (RM643 bil­lion) this year, while adding that the gov­ern­ment had enough pol­icy tools to han­dle any risks.

He also ex­pressed con­fi­dence in the Euro­pean Union, call­ing for a united, pros­per­ous and sta­ble Europe amid wide­spread con­cerns about the im­pact of Brexit and the rise of na­tion­al­ism.

“I am op­ti­mistic about the prospects of the EU, and we are op­ti­mistic about the devel­op­ment prospects for China-EU re­la­tions,” he said.

Euro­pean Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Don­ald Tusk in Fe­bru­ary warned that, in the wake of Brexit and with grow­ing na­tion­al­ism, the EU faced the big­gest chal­lenges in its 60-year his­tory, com­pounded by an as­sertive China, an ag­gres­sive Rus­sia and worrying dec­la­ra­tions from Trump.

While ac­knowl­edg­ing that trade ties be­tween China and the EU had been strained in re­cent years over steel, Li said China and the EU had ex­pe­ri­ence at “ap­pro­pri­ately re­solv­ing” dis­putes. Reuters

I be­lieve what­ever dif­fer­ences we may have we can all sit down and talk to each other and work to­gether to find so­lu­tions.”

LI KE­QIANG

China Premier

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