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Premier Li: China determined to implement larger tax, fee cuts

Updated: Mar 15,2019 11:19 AM     Xinhua

BEIJING — Premier Li Keqiang said on March 15 that the country is determined to implement larger scale tax and fee cuts this year as a key countermeasure against downward economic pressure.

The Premier made the remarks at a news conference after the conclusion of the annual session of China’s national legislature.

“We are going to cut value-added tax rates for manufacturing and other basic sectors, as well as for small and medium-sized companies, the largest providers of jobs in our country, in a meaningful way,” the Premier said.

“This will create a more enabling environment for companies and in effect cultivate our tax sources.”

Noting that the reform requires exceptional courage and determination, Premier Li said the government must live on a tight budget given the drop in fiscal revenues.

“This is not something taking an overdraft on our future, but nurturing a better tomorrow,” Premier Li said