China’s top economic official has announced a healthy growth target and plans to become a more self-reliant technology leader amid tension with Washington and Europe over trade, Hong Kong and human rights
ByThe Associated Press
March 5, 2021, 1:24 AM
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BEIJING -- China’s top economic official announced a healthy growth target for the nation and its plans to become a more self-reliant technology leader amid tension with Washington and Europe over trade, Hong Kong and human rights.
The ruling Communist Party is aiming for economic growth of “over 6%” as it rebounds from the coronavirus pandemic, Premier Li Keqiang said in a report to China’s ceremonial legislature Friday.
China became the only major country to grow last year, eking out a 2.3% expansion after the then-unprecedented step of shutting down most of its economy to fight the coronavirus.
Li also announced plans to accelerate technology development that communist leaders see as a path to prosperity and greater global influence.