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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at NPC press conference: Reading between the lines

A giant TV screen shows Chinese Premier Li Keqiang speaking at a news conference after the closing session of the National People's Congress in Beijing, on March 11, 2021.PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING - There was no finger-pointing and no finger-wagging during Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's annual news conference on Thursday (March 11).

The Premier showed humility when asked about China's economy eclipsing the United States by 2028 - years earlier than previously expected, due to the contrasting economic recoveries of the two countries from the Covid-19 pandemic.

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