(Yomiuri: March 16, 2015 – p. 4)
Following is the gist of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s press conference:
The Chinese economy has entered a “new normal” stage. It is not easy to attain our growth target of around 7% this year. Though the nation’s economy is facing downward pressure, it is well equipped to improve fundamental conditions. With China’s consumer price index (CPI) going up in January and February, we do not see signs of deflation emerging.
Difficulties underlying the Japan-China relationship derive from whether there are held accurate perceptions of the previous war and history. The leader of a state must not only inherit the achievements left by predecessors but also bear historical responsibility for war crimes committed by them. If Japanese leaders can face up to the country’s history, they can create a new momentum for improving and developing ties with China and forging sound conditions for better bilateral trade and economic relations.
The relationship between the U.S. and China is a relationship between the world’s largest industrialized country and the world’s largest developing country. We share a wide range of common interests, albeit differences in opinion. The U.S.-China investment pact, which is currently being negotiated, will carve out a new space for developing bilateral ties.
Our “one country, two systems” and a high degree of autonomy constitute China’s basic national policy [regarding Hong Kong]. Concerns are growing that the central government may tighten its grip on Hong Kong, but there is no need for concern on this point.