China premier talks up reform

City A.M. Reporter
NEW CHINESE Premier Li Keqiang pledged yesterday to work with US President Barack Obama to forge “a new type of relationship” for the sake of peace in the Asia-Pacific region, and said the war of words about cyber-hacking must end.

Li, who replaced Wen Jiabao, added that the country’s “highest priority will be to maintain sustainable economic growth”.

He used a press conference to mark the ceremonial close of parliament to talk up the possibility of reforms, repeating a pledge to slash red tape and overhaul China’s system of forced labour camps.