Beijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping has defended his government’s handling of its slowing economy and sought to play down differences that have strained relations with the United States, in a rare interview with a foreign news outlet.
Mr Xi provided written responses to questions submitted by The Wall Street Journal, in an interview published ahead of the Chinese leader’s official state visit to the US, which is expected to see the two countries’ divergent views on cyber security and China’s island-building in the South China Sea feature prominently.
“Naturally, we have some differences, even family members don’t always see eye to eye with each other,” Mr Xi said.
“Like an arrow shot that cannot be brought back, we will forge ahead against all odds to meet our goals of reform.”
China’s program of land reclamation and installation of military features on shoals and rock formations in the South China Sea has contributed to heightened tensions in the region. On Monday, newly-installed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull described China’s “pushing the envelope” in the disputed waters as one of Beijing’s more “counterproductive foreign policies”.
Full article: China reforms ‘an arrow shot that cannot be brought back’, Xi tells US newspaper (The Age)