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China’s new premier, Li Qiang, holds his first press conference following the closing ceremony of the National People’s Congress on Monday.

As a long-time aide to President Xi Jinping, Li is expected to have more leeway to express his thoughts in public without being seen as a challenge to Xi.

His responses offer signs of what might lie ahead for the world’s second-largest economy.

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Reporting by Jane Cai, Cyril Ip, Xinlu Liang, Kinling Lo, Josephine Ma, Frank Tang and Kawala Xie