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Premier sets sights on economic growth

By Xinhua | China Daily | Updated: 2013-03-18 07:54

Premier sets sights on economic growth

On Dec 29, Li Keqiang talks with villagers in the Qingbao village of Longfeng township, Enshi Tujia and Miao autonomous prefecture, Central China's Hubei province. [Photo/Xinhua]

Premier sets sights on economic growth

On Jan 5, Li asks Zhou Yuehua (left), a rural doctor from a village in Chongqing, to go before him after his meeting with Zhou and 17 other model rural doctors in Beijing. [Photo/Xinhua]

Premier sets sights on economic growth

On Dec 12, Li meets with foreign guests attending the 2012 Annual General Meeting of China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development in Beijing. [Photo/Xinhua]

Leader gets credit for streamlining the Cabinet

Li Keqiang, 57, was appointed Chinese premier on Friday. He takes on the role at a time when China is the world's second-largest economy. He is the first premier born after the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949 and holds dual academic degrees in economics and law.

During his five-year tenure as vice-premier, Li was widely acclaimed for his acumen and determination in facing challenges, and his professionalism. He made remarkable achievements in overcoming difficulties, and he sought to accelerate the economy, improve people's livelihoods and deepen reforms.

Three decades of rapid development have made China a middle-income country. However, the nation is still on a difficult journey with many obstacles ahead. Building a moderately prosperous society by 2020 in a country with a population of over 1.3 billion will be an epic and historic task.

Upon his appointment as premier, Li bowed deeply and smiled as he received the applause of some 2,900 legislators in the Great Hall of the People, underscoring his sense of duty as the premier of a big country and conveying the wisdom and strong-mindedness of a mature statesman.


Market-oriented reform has long been on Li's political agenda. During his investigative tour to Baotou of the Inner Mongolia autonomous region in February, Li stressed "the hand of the market, the government and the people should join together" to unleash the power of the reform.

Li chaired a seminar on reform six days after the conclusion of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in November.

At the seminar, Li put forward the "reform as dividends" theory. "Reform at present has entered deep water and has to sail in a head wind. We may avoid mistakes if we make no endeavor, but we must bear a historical responsibility," he said.

As China's national strength continues to build, the endeavor to face up to conflicts and difficulties ahead and advance reform reflects an ingrained awareness in the Chinese people of being prepared for potential dangers and the CPC's sense of mission.

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