Live: Premier Li Keqiang’s debut press conference
China.org.cn presented live coverage of the press conference held by the newly-elected Chinese premier Li Keqiang on Sunday morning at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, immediately after this year’s plenary NPC session concluded.
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[12:19] That’s it for the live blog. Thanks for following along with us.
[12:18] “Thanks again,” the host announced the conclusion of the press conference. Li Keqiang answered 11 questions from Chinese and foreign journalists at the 107-minute press conference.
[12:16] Before the end of this press conference, Li Keqiang said,
I think the unnecessary concerns over China’s economy and its pursuit of hegemony are unfounded. We seek a lasting environment of international peace. We have learned from our own bitter experience in modern history that you should not impose on others what you would not wish upon yourself. China has an unwavering commitment to peaceful development. We also have a firm obligation to protect our territorial integrity. These two things are not mutually exclusive.
[12:15] @Qi Da Fu from Sina Weibo: I can swim in the river in front of my door in my hometown ten years ago, but after a decade, the river has been filled with a large amount of floating rubbish. I can’t imagine what it would be like in another decade. I sincerely hope that I could hear some good news in premier’s report ten years later.
[12:13] Li Keqiang said he hopes trade between China and Russia would increase rapidly from the current level of about 80 billion U.S. dollars a year. Both China and Russia should work on making their bilateral trade double, quadruple and even more in coming years, Li added.
[12:10] Li said,China and Russia will continue to cooperate in regional and international affairs. China has been working with neighboring countries to make peace, development and cooperation in Asia Pacific an irreversible trend.
[12:08] In answering a question on Sino-Russia ties, Li said China and Russia are each other’s biggest neighbors. Xi Jinping will soon be visiting there, demonstrating how important the bilateral relationship is to China.
[12:00] Li said he remembered that he learned the news of his university enrollment when he was working in the field in 1977. The reform policy changed the life course of thousands of Chinese people including me. Li said reform and opening up has changed the destination of our country, and lifted up millions of peasants out of poverty. The responsibility of reform rests on our shoulders.
I have learned to follow the great way and to put the people first. You cannot find these words in classical works. I learned them throughmy daily life.
[11:58] In answering the question from Hong Kong Phoenix TV, Li said,
Hong Kong, Taiwan and the mainland can raise many emotions within me. In 2011 I made a visit to Hong Kong, and announced the central government’s intentions to support the region. We need to work together, both the mainland and Hong Kong. During the trip I was impressed by the vitality I saw in Hong Kong. There is great space to deepen the relationship between the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong and Macao.
[11:54] In answering question from China Daily on the reform of reeducation through labor system, Li said reform of the reeducation through labor system may be completed before the end of this year.
[11:53] Li said,We should not pursue economic growth at the cost of the environment. This would not satisfy the people. The results of our clean up efforts must be made public so the people can monitor the government effectively.
[11:50] Li said, I’m also concerned if we can shift away from this inefficient economic growth. We need to create a new model of development and pursue scientific strategies.
[11:48] We will need to develop a clear understanding of water and ground pollution safety before we can solve this problem, Li said.
[11:45] In answering the question on food safety and air pollution, Li said, “I said earlier that I want to fully upgrade the Chinese economy. That includes providing clean drinking water, safe food and clean air.”
[11:44] @’A lonely night flight’ from Sina Weibo: This is really an inspiring press conference! The expression is so accurate and also reflects the governing by law. It’s cool! I’m full of hope!
[11:42] Li said his government is determined to transform and improve some 10 million different types of shanty villages.
[11:40] Li Keqiang said, we stress that we want to pursue a new strategy of urbanization, and place poor people at the center of it. We will support job creation and the provision of services. It’s not about building sprawling urban city, but balanced between small, medium and large cities.
[11:37] Urbanization is the logical product of modernization, Li said. More directly, it will help to enrich farmers and benefit the whole nation.
[11:35] @Farmer 3183340883: We trust the new government because it offers a message of hope.
[11:34] In answering the question on urbanization from Xinhua, Li said, “I’m aware of the talk regarding urbanization, and I take it seriously. The scale of urbanization in China is unprecedented in human history.”
[11:31] Taiwan and its citizens need to make better use of the opportunities presented by the Chinese mainland.
[11:30] We should make full use of the current opportunities facing us and move forward. We should work hard to identify pillars for cross-straits relations.
[11:28] In answering the question from United Daily News Taiwan on cross-Straits relations, Li said the two sides of the cross-Straits belong to the same China. People across the strait are the same Chinese.
[11:19] We will improve people’s well being. In order to do this we must confront China’s income gap. We need to take action to gradually narrow this gap. We also need to reform the social security system.
[11:15] Talking about further reform, Li said it’s important to take action. I’ve often said that reform pays the biggest dividend in China. There is great potential for reform to reach the entire population.
[11:12] In term of the accusation of hacker attacks against the United States, Li rejected it, calling it “presumption of guilt.” He said hacker attacks in the cyber space is a worldwide problem and China itself is one of the major targets of hacker attacks. “China does not support but indeed oppose such attacks,” he said, “We should not make groundless accusations against each other and spend more time doing practical things that will contribute to cyber security.”
[11:09] Li Keqiang said both China and the U.S. want to uphold regional peace and stability.
[11:08] Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said that more opportunities in trade and investment between China and the United States might emerge in the years to come.Li cited the rapid growth in the bilateral trade volume from only 1 billion U.S. dollars three decades ago to more than 500 billion U.S. dollars last year. “I don’t believe conflicts between big powers are inevitable,” Li said. “Shared interests often override their disputes.”
[11:07] In answering a question from Associated Press, Li Keqiang said China will attach great importance to its relationship with the United States.
[11:06] He admitted that the current government approval system has affected efficiency and might cause corruption. “The reform is about curbing government power. As a self-imposed revolution, it will require real sacrifice and will be painful,” he said.
[11:05] Li Keqiang said if one takes public office, he or she should cut off any expectation for getting rich. During my term, I promise that no more governmental building will be contructed, the number of public servents will be deducted, and the governmental expenditure on vehicle purchases and maintenance, overseas trips and official receptions will be reduced.
[11:04] Li said, a clean government should start with ourselves. We’ll readily accept the supervision of the public.
[11:00] Li Keqiang said We need to win the trust of the people and the government must be put on a tight budget.
[10:58] Premier Li Keqiang said, the Chinese government has an unshakeable resolve to fight corruption.
[10:57] Premier Li Keqiang said,
I am confident that the previous administration led by Wen Jiabao has created the necessary preconditions for continued growth and development
[10:56] Premier Li Keqiang said that the Chinese government needs to increase care for the most needed to prevent them from challenging the society.
[10:54] Premier Li Keqiang said we need to build a modern society and a modern government.
[10:40] Premier Li Keqiang said that the State Council will cut the existing 1,700 administrative approval items by at least one third.
[10:39] Premier Li Keqiang promotes reforms that will revitalize the Chinese nation.
[10:34] Premier Li Keqiang opens the floor to questions.
[10:30] Premier Li Keqiang gives his first welcoming address at the press conference.
[10:24] The Great Hall of the People is filled to capacity with journalists.
[10:05] Zhang Dejiang announced the conclusion of the first session of the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC).
[09:55] Zhang said,
It is the primary task for people’s congresses at all levels and their standing committees to uphold the rule of law and safeguard the authorities of the Constitution and the laws.
[09:54] China’s newly-installed parliament will dutifully fulfill its obligations to promote socialist democracy and the rule of law, and safeguard the authority of the Constitution, Zhang Dejiang said.
[09:50] Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), is delivering a speech at the NPC closing meeting.
[09:48] To realize the “Chinese dream,” China must take the Chinese way, Xi said.
[09:30] Xi pledged to make arduous efforts to achieve the “Chinese dream.”
[09:24] Xi expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the NPC deputies and people of all ethnic groups for the trust they have placed on him in his election as the state president.
I will be always loyal to our motherland, be loyal to the people and dedicate all my time and energy to my duties and responsibilities to serve the people,” Xi said, adding he will work for the country with his utmost efforts and put himself under the supervision of the people.I will never let you down and will live up to the trust and expectations of people of all ethnics.
[09:23] Xi vowed to honestly fulfill his duties given by the Constitution, saying his election means “glorious mission” and “profound responsibilities.”
[09:22] Newly-elected Chinese President Xi Jinping saluted his predecessor Hu Jintao, saying Hu deserves heartfelt gratitude and respects for his outstanding contribution to the country over the past decade.
Comrade Hu Jintao has established outstanding merits for upholding and developing socialism with Chinese characteristics, with his rich political wisdom, skilled leadership capabilities and diligence. Hu has won the heartfelt love from all ethnic groups in China and applause from international communities.
[09:21] Chinese President Xi Jinping is delivering a speech at the NPC closing meeting.
[09:20]The National People’s Congress, China’s top legislature, adopted the work report of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate at the closing meeting of its annual session.
[09:19] The National People’s Congress, China’s top legislature, adopted the work report of the Supreme People’s Court at the closing meeting of its annual session.
[09:18] The National People’s Congress, China’s top legislature,adopted the work report of the 11th NPC Standing Committee at the closing meeting of its annual session.
[09:17] The National People’s Congress, China’s top legislature, adopted 2013 budget.
[09:16] The National People’s Congress, China’s top legislature, adopted 2013 national economic, social development plan.
[09:15] The National People’s Congress, China’s top legislature, adopted government work report.
[09:10] Premier Li Keqiang, China’s four vice premiers and NPC spokeswoman Fu Ying will attend a press conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing at approximately 10:20 a.m. this morning.
[09:03] The National People’s Congress, China’s top legislature, is holding the closing meeting of its annual session.
[09:00] Chinese President Xi Jinping will deliver a speech at the closing meeting.
[March 17, 08:56] The Closing Session of the 1st Session of the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) will be convened at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing at 9am.
[March 16, 18:00] According to the existing media focuses on this year’s National People’s Congress (NPC) session and the public concerns expressed on several social media forums, China.org.cn believes the following topics might be touched upon during the press conference held by the new Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, on the morning of March 17, right after the NPC concludes its session. These topics include:
- The new cabinet and its main objectives for the following five years.
- The transformation of China’s economic growth model
- Improvements regarding social equality and justice
- Improvements regarding people’s livelihoods
- The aim of reshuffling government bodies or ministries
- Fight against corruption
- Urbanization in smaller cities and towns
- Governmental endeavors in regards to environmental protection, food safety, etc.
- Cooperation between the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan
- Diplomatic relations with the U.S., Russia, Europe and Japan
- The new premier’s personality, style, etc.
[17:30] Group photo of four vice premiers: Zhang Gaoli, Liu Yandong, Wang Yang, Ma Kai (from left to right)
[17:15] Wu Yi was the vice premier of state council from 2003 to 2008
[17:10] Chen Wuhua was the vice premier of state council from 1978 to 1982
[17:05] Wu Guixian was the vice premier of state council from 1975 to 1978
[17:00] Before Liu Yandong, there had been three female vice premiers since the establishment of P.R. China. They are Wu Guixian, Chen Muhua and Wu Yi
[16:30] The following is the list of the newly appointed officials:
— Wang Yi, minister of foreign affairs
— Chang Wanquan, minister of national defense
— Xu Shaoshi, minister in charge of the National Development and Reform Commission
— Yuan Guiren, minister of education
— Wan Gang, minister of science and technology
— Miao Wei, minister of industry and information technology
— Wang Zhengwei, minister in charge of state ethnic affairs commission
— Guo Shengkun, minister of public security
— Geng Huichang, minister of state security
— Huang Shuxian, minister of supervision
— Li Liguo, minister of civil affairs
— Wu Aiying, minister of justice
— Lou Jiwei, minister of finance
— Yin Weimin, minister of human resources and social security
— Jiang Daming, minister of land and resources
— Zhou Shengxian, minister of environmental protection
— Jiang Weixin, minister of housing and urban-rural development
— Yang Chuantang, minister of transport
— Chen Lei, minister of water resources
— Han Changfu, minister of agriculture
— Gao Hucheng, minister of commerce
— Cai Wu, minister of culture
— Li Bin, minister in charge of the National Health and Family Planning Commission
— Zhou Xiaochuan, governor of the People’s Bank of China
— Liu Jiayi, auditor-general of the National Audit Office.
[16:10] Yuan Guiren re-appointed China’s minister of education
[16:08] Zhou Xiaochuan re-appointed China’s central bank governor
[16:07] Gao Hucheng appointed China’s commerce minister, replacing Chen Deming
[16:05] Lou Jiwei appointed China’s finance minister, replacing Xie Xuren
[16:04] Xu Shaoshi appointed head of National Development and Reform Commission, replacing Zhang Ping
[16:03] Chang Wanquan appointed China’s defense minister, replacing Liang Guanglie
[16:03] Wang Yi appointed China’s foreign minister, replacing Yang Jiechi
[16:03] Yang Jing, Chang Wanquan, Yang Jiechi, Guo Shengkun, Wang Yong endorsed as state councilors of China
[March 16,16:02] Zhang Gaoli, Liu Yandong, Wang Yang, Ma Kai endorsed as vice premiers of state council
[March 15, 11:06] Cao Jianming was re-elected procurator-general of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate. Cao, born in September 1955, is a member of the 18th Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee. He was first elected procurator-general of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate in 2008.
[March 15, 11:04] Zhou Qiang was elected president of the Supreme People’s Court. Zhou, born in April 1960, is currently a member of the 18th Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and secretary of the CPC Hunan Provincial Committee.
[March 15, 10:53]
[March 15, 10:52] Fan Changlong and Xu Qiliang were endorsed as vice chairmen of the Central Military Commission (CMC) of the People’s Republic of China.
[March 15, 10:45] Li, born in 1955 in Anhui Province, joined the Communist Party of China (CPC) in 1976 and graduated from Peking University with law and economics degrees.
After working as provincial leaders in Henan and Liaoning provinces, he was elected to the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee in 2007 and appointed vice premier in 2008.
[March 15, 10:43] Li Keqiang has been the seventh premier since the People’s Republic of China was founded in 1949, replacing Wen Jiabao who had headed the State Council since 2003.
[March 15, 10:41] Nearly 3,000 NPC deputies voted to approve the nomination of Li, by newly-elected President Xi Jinping, as the candidate for premier at the ongoing parliament session.
[March 15, 10:40] Li Keqiang was endorsed as the premier of China’s State Council at the fifth plenary meeting of the first session of the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) in Beijing, capital of China, March 15, 2013.