Premier Li Keqiang’s debut press conference

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Premier Li Keqiang’s debut press conference

The newly-elected Chinese Premier Li Keqiang meets the press at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 17, 2013.

The newly-elected Chinese Premier Li Keqiang hosted a press conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Sunday morning.

The first session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, concluded earlier at the Great Hall of the People. [More about the closing meeting]

China's new state leadership has taken shape with the president, top legislator, premier, cabinet ministers, senior military leaders and judicial leaders all installed. [Who's who in China's new leadership]

Here are the highlights of the press conference:

Chinese premier makes press debut, charting gov't roadmap
Premier Li Keqiang's press debut on Sunday in the Great Hall of the People grabbed immediate public attention, as many are anticipating how the 57-year-old newly-appointed premier will steer the government of the world's second-largest economy over the next five years.

Chinese premier reaffirms road of peaceful development
Premier Li Keqiang said that China is committed to maintaining peace and stability in the Asian-Pacific region and the whole world, pledging stronger ties with major powers, including the U.S. and Russia.

Mainland to advance cooperation with Hong Kong
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said that the central government will further advance policies for deepening cooperation between the mainland and Hong Kong.

Premier Li promises more consideration to interests of Taiwan
China's new premier Li Keqiang said that the mainland will give more consideration to the well-being and interests of Taiwan compatriots so that the two sides can share the fruits of country's development.

Premier Li stresses reform, opening up
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said that China's reform and opening-up drive has changed the life of many Chinese, including himself.

China capable of sustaining economic growth
China is capable of achieving sustainable economic development and a stronger China will not seek hegemony, Premier Li Keqiang said on Sunday.

Premier Li vows to solve environment, food problems 'with iron fist'
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has vowed to tackle with mounting problems of environment pollution and food safety with "greater resolution and actions."

Chinese premier hopes big increase on Sino-Russian trade
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said that he hopes trade between China and Russia would increase rapidly from the current level of about 80 billion U.S. dollars a year.

Premier Li pledges to actively, prudently advance urbanization
China's premier Li Keqiang pledged to advance urbanization in a steady, active and prudent way, saying that urbanization is an inevitable trend.

China's new premier presses reforms as 'biggest dividend'
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang pledged to deepen comprehensive reforms in the country as the world's second-largest economy is seeking new momentum for development other than its large workforce.

Premier Li rejects hacker accusation
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang rejected the accusation of hacker attacks against the United States, calling it "presumption of guilt."

More opportunities for Sino-US trade, investment
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.

Chinese Premier pledges to revere laws, respect people
The government will revere laws, respect the people and take on its responsibilities for the country, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Sunday.

Li Keqiang outlines top tasks of China's new cabinet
Maintaining economic growth, improving people's livelihood and safeguarding social justice are the three top tasks of the Chinese government, Premier Li Keqiang said on Sunday.

Premier asks public to supervise government
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said that he is willing to accept supervision from the society and media on clean governance.

Government to increase care for most needed
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said that the Chinese government needs to increase care for the most needed to prevent them from challenging the society.

China to cut administrative approval items by 1/3
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said that the State Council will cut the existing 1,700 administrative approval items by at least one third.

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