Chinese Premier’s Economy Speech Offers Plenty for Critics to Dislike

China's premier pledges further market opening as talk of trade ...

BEIJING—Premier Li Keqiang’s nearly-two-hour speech laying out China’s economic priorities for 2018 is unlikely to ease trade tensions between Beijing and Washington. Opening the National People’s Congress on Monday, Mr. Li again emphasized industrial policies the West has criticized as benefiting Chinese companies at the expense of foreign competitors. He listed broad goals for advances in technologies, from big data to aircraft engines to clean cars, articulated in the “Made in China 2025” plan to boost manufacturing. Senior U.S. officials including Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer have called the plan a…

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