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Premier Li Keqiang speaks Sunday during the opening session of the National People's Congress in Beijing. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

Tough language defines China's policy outline for 2017

Beijing pushes back at President Trump's rhetoric

OKI NAGAI, Nikkei staff writer | China

BEIJING -- The Chinese government's work report, delivered by Premier Li Keqiang Sunday on the first day of the national legislature here, danced to President Xi Jinping's tune, projecting a hard-line diplomatic stance for both foreign and domestic audiences.

China must fiercely defend its sovereignty, security and prosperity by bolstering military training and equipment and pushing ahead with plans to boost its defense capability, Li emphasized in his speech at the annual meeting of the National People's Congress. He went on to list stronger border defense and joint R&D by the military and private sectors as examples, but did not offer any concrete details.

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