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China's Premier Li Keqiang at the opening session of the National People's Congress in Beijing, March 5. Photo: Leo Ramierz/AFP via Getty Images

China on Friday set its annual economic growth target at "over 6%," and renewed its vow to become a more self-reliant technology leader, AP reports.

Why it matters: Premier Li Keqiang, China's top economic official, made the announcement as the world's second-biggest economy continues its recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The latest target also comes "amid tension with Washington and Europe over trade, Hong Kong and human rights," AP notes.

  • China was the only major economy to report growth last year, with its GDP expanding 2.3%.

What they're saying: “As a general target, China’s growth rate has been set at over 6% for this year,” Li said in his 2021 work report delivered at the opening of this year’s parliament meeting, per Reuters.

  • “In setting this target, we have taken into account the recovery of economic activity," Li added.
  • He said the country aims to create more than 11 million urban jobs, up from the 2020 target of 9 million new urban jobs.
  • Li also noted that the country will “work faster to enhance our strategic scientific and technological capability" and will "regard scientific and technological self-reliance as a strategic support for national development,” per AP.

Go deeper: How China won 2020

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Mar 4, 2021 - World

Americans increasingly see China as an enemy

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One in three Americans, and a majority of Republicans, now view China as an enemy of the United States, according to a new survey from Pew Research Center.

By the numbers: Just 9% of Americans consider China a "partner," while 55% see Beijing as a "competitor" and 34% as an "enemy."

Ina Fried, author of Login
17 mins ago - Technology
Column / Signal Boost

Huawei sanctions snarled chip supply chains

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The largely successful U.S. effort to hobble China's Huawei has benefitted a host of other tech companies — from smartphone makers such as Apple and Xiaomi to chipmakers like Qualcomm to network vendors including Nokia and Ericsson.

Yes, but: The massive disruption to the industry furthered an industry wide mismatch between supply and demand, exacerbating the global chip shortage.

Tina Reed, author of Vitals
37 mins ago - Health

Overturning Roe could strain abortion access even in blue states

The Supreme Court is reflected in a woman's sunglasses during a march Oct. 2. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

If the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, abortions could be harder to access even in states where they remain legal, because those clinics could be flooded with patients from states that have cracked down.

The big picture: This has happened before, and clinics fear the crush of demand would be a major problem in the immediate wake of a decision that would allow states to ban abortion.

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