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Premier Li's fumbled speech reveals rift with Xi

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- A slip of the tongue by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang may have inadvertently betrayed behind-the-scenes discord among the country's leaders and the possible instability of the administration.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang reports on the work of the government at the 12th National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People on March 5.

     On March 5, during the National People's Congress, Li read out the Report on the Work of the Government. One of the most important addresses made by China's premier, the report describes past government efforts and lays out future plans for deliberation and approval by delegates at Beijing's Great Hall of the People. This year, it covered such topics as setting China's economic growth target at approximately 7%.

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