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Beijing conveniently changes truth

President Xi Jinping, center, and Premier Li Keqiang, far right, at China's annual National People's Congress earlier this month.

China's 12th National People's Congress closed on March 16 in Beijing. In his Report on the Work of the Government during the opening session on March 5, Premier Li Keqiang reaffirmed that his country would create an investment environment that is "fairer, more transparent, and more predictable." He also said China must always be a place that attracts foreign investment.

     This was a repetition of his regular statements in the past, and nothing was unusual this year except that he added the word "always." The premier probably intended to stress that his country has been, and will continue serving as, the center of investment for many foreign establishments.

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