China's economy will maintain a certain level of growth, and the country will speed up a transition towards higher quality growth, Chinese state media quoted Premier Li Qiang as saying on Monday.

"Global economic development is at a complex and difficult period. China should solidify confidence and stabilise expectations in the face of challenges" Li was quoted as saying.

Li made the remarks as he met with foreign delegates at the China Development Forum in Beijing. (Reporting by Hong Kong newsroom Editing by Bernadette Baum)