The government will make preemptive policy adjustments to help keep economic growth within a reasonable range, Zhang said, reaffirming the official stance.
The government has set a growth target of 6.5 percent to 7 percent for 2016. The world's second-largest economy expanded by 6.9 percent in 2015, its slowest pace in 25 years.
Beijing has pledged to make monetary policy more flexible this year even as it leans more on increased fiscal spending and tax cuts to support economic growth and cushion the pain from structural reforms.
The government also needed to prevent risks in the stock, debt, currency and property markets, prevent "cross infection" in between the markets and ward off systemic risks in the economy, Zhang said.
China will press ahead with "supply-side reforms" to cut excess industrial overcapacity, focusing on such sectors as coal, steel, aluminum and plate glass, he added.
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