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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang speaks at the news conference following the closing session of the National People's Congress, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China March 20, 2018.   © Reuters
China People's Congress 2018

Li says China wants balanced US trade

Ahead of new tariffs, premier urges Washington to lower restrictions on tech exports

CK TAN, Nikkei staff writer | China

BEIJING -- With a barrage of new U.S. import tariffs looming, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang struck a conciliatory tone on trade on Tuesday as his nation's annual legislative session wrapped up.

"A large [U.S.] trade deficit is not something that we want to see," Li told reporters at an annual press conference marking the closing of the National People's Congress session. "We want to see balanced trade, or otherwise this kind of trade would not be sustainable."

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