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China Premier Li pledges opening up to world amid U.S. tensions

New market access measures in store to boost trade and investment, Li Qiang says

Premier Li Qiang, second-in-command to President Xi Jinping, speaks at the Boao Forum for Asia.    © Reuters

QIONGHAI, China -- China vowed Thursday to ramp up trade and investment with new market access measures as it looks to rev up its post-pandemic economy.

Speaking at an international meeting on the southern island of Hainan, Premier Li Qiang also touted China as an "anchor" for global peace and development amid soaring U.S. tensions, as leaders from Singapore and Malaysia warned that the Sino-U.S. rift was a risk to the world.

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