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China People's Congress

Beijing drops 'Made in China 2025' from government report

Li Keqiang toes around controversial program in nod to US

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the opening session of this year's National People's Congress in Beijing on Tuesday. (Photo by Taro Yokosawa)

BEIJING -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang was conspicuously silent on the "Made in China 2025" initiative as he spoke at the opening session of the National People's Congress, the country's parliament, on Tuesday, in a likely acknowledgment of harsh U.S. criticism against Beijing's pet industry-building program.

This is the first time Li stayed silent on the program in his annual report to the congress since 2015, when he first introduced it. He mentioned it twice in last year's report. Other top officials and state news media have already been shying away from the topic for some time.

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