China's Two Sessions 2017: Plenum 101

Premier Li Keqiang greets journalists at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing in 2016. Photo: Xinhua

The premier, the press and the state of the nation

Since the late 1980s, the Chinese premier’s press conference at the end of the country’s annual congressional sessions has been a rare chance – albeit limited – for overseas media to ask the premier directly about the state of the nation.

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