During the over-2-hour press conference after the Fifth Session of the 13th National People’s Congress on March 11, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang announced his plan to step down as China’s Premier of the State Council at the conference, saying, “This is the last year I will be premier.”

Li, China’s ruling Communist Party’s No. 2 leader, has been the country’s prime minister since 2013 and is only allowed to serve two terms under the constitution.

During the over-2-hour press conference, the Chinese Premier also called for Washington-Beijing bilateral cooperation despite the two countries’ differences in many aspects and competitions in economic and trade fields. Citing U.S.-China’s trade volume exceeded 750 billion dollars last year, Li stated that China was willing to work with the U.S. if the country relaxed export restrictions on China.

The premier said that both nations should not “decouple” from each other, saying there was a broad scope of cooperation and great potential in the U.S.-China partnership.

When asked if he agreed with the Biden administration’s view that the U.S.-China engagement era was over and that the two countries had been competing intensely, Li replied that the relationship between two nations had been moving forward despite conflicts from time to time. He called for win-win cooperation from “the largest developing country and the largest developed country in the world” rationally and constructively.

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