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China's Li calls Ukraine crisis 'disconcerting' and urges cease-fire

In last news conference, premier says achieving 5.5% growth 'will not be easy'

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang parried questions about why Beijing had not condemned Russia's invasion.   © AP

BEIJING -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Friday that economic sanctions imposed by Western countries on Russia will hurt global economic recovery but stopped short of expressing unconditional support for Moscow.

Instead, he called the Ukraine situation "disconcerting" and said it is important to support Russia and Ukraine in cease-fire talks.

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