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China premier says 7% growth goal was never cast in stone

Economic difficulties ahead for country should not be underestimated, adds Li Keqiang

"We have never said that we should defend to the death any goal, but that the economy should operate within a reasonable range," says Mr Li.


CHINA has never said the economy must grow 7 per cent this year, Premier Li Keqiang said in comments reported by the government ahead of a key meeting this week that will set economic and social targets for the next five years.

Mr Li's comments coincide with remarks by a