Premier Li: Underlying trend of development in China-U.S. ties remains unchanged
Updated 12:33, 15-Mar-2019

China and the U.S. enjoy broad common interests and space for cooperation despite twists in some areas and the underlying trend for the relationship is forward, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Friday.

Li met with Chinese and foreign reporters and answered questions at a press conference after the National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, concluded its annual session. 

China and the U.S., as the world's two largest economies, have become closely entwined through years of growing their relationship, the premier noted.

Bilateral ties have been forging ahead in the past four decades, and a great deal has been accomplished, Li said, adding that a stable China-U.S. relationship is in the interest of both countries and the whole world.

Asked whether the Chinese government will ask its companies to spy on other countries, the premier told reporters explicitly that this is not consistent with Chinese law, that China did not do that and will not do that in future.