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China aims for stable growth as Xi consolidates power

Economy expected to grow 6.5% in 2018; challenges include pollution fight, mitigating financial risks

China's President Xi Jinping (left) and Premier Li Keqiang arriving for the opening session of the National People's Congress, China's legislature, in Beijing's Great Hall of the People on Monday.


CHINA'S growth will stabilise this year, said Premier Li Keqiang in his annual work report to the parliament, during which he announced other major targets for the world's second-largest economy.

To an audience of 3,000 or so hand-picked delegates on Monday, he said that...

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