Chinese Premier Li Keqiang gives a press conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 15, 2017. (Xinhua/Xie Huanchi)
This morning, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang gave his fifth annual press conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, after the conclusion of the Fifth Session of the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC).
Li answered 18 questions, 10 from Chinese journalists and eight from foreign journalists. The topics varied from the Chinese economy, Beijing’s policy on Hong Kong, cutting red tape to cross-Strait relations. Google Trends shows that people from abroad are most concerned about China’s policy on Taiwan and free trade.
The Chinese premier’s press conference is an important window for the whole world to learn about Chinese policies and standpoints on domestic and international issues.
Since 2013, Li has taken questions from both domestic and international media on various topics. Here are some of the keywords from Li’s press conferences from 2013 to 2017. A Google Trends chart indicates what issues reporters and foreign audiences have been concerned about most.