Outcomes of NPC, CPPCC annual sessions catch eyes worldwide

15:06, March 15, 2011      

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The annual sessions of the National People's Congress (NPC)and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), have concluded here, with its achievements still the focus of world attention.

Some foreign observers noted that the Chinese government can always readjust its development direction in line with the changing domestic and international situations, and many said the 7-percent growth target set in China's 12th Five-Year Plan is pragmatic.

The Chinese government has managed to make timely policy adjustment by going with the trend of times, and listening to the opinions of the people. In this way it sends a message of hope and confidence to the people, said Jeong Hae-hoon, president of South Korea's Korean Northern Relations Council.

Li Cheng, director of John L.Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institute, described the growth target set by the sessions as "practical," and said he believed that China can reach this target.

The two annual sessions show the continuity of the Chinese government's policies, rather than radical changes, he added.

Former Russian Ambassador to China Igor Rogachev said the 12th Five-Year Plan will become a very important document in China's history and the targets for social and economic developments set by the Chinese government are practical.

"I have no doubt that these targets can be achieved," Rogachev told Xinhua.

The decisions made at the NPC and CPPCC sessions were wise and China's 12th Five-Year Plan could be fully realized, said Sergey Koshevoy, an expert at the International Ukrainian-Chinese Trade and Law Association.

"The NPC and the CPPCC, with its consultative role, are places of discussion and internal debate, confrontation and dialogue on key issues that demonstrate China's desire to build a stronger internal consensus," said Flora Sapio, researcher at Italy's Center of Advanced Studies on Contemporary China (CASCC) based in Turin.

It was not easy for China to transform its economic model, said Lee Young-joo, chief director of the Chinese Political and Cultural Research Institute of Korea.

But Lee said he believed that the Chinese people, led by their wise leaders, can surely overcome difficulties and achieve economic restructuring in a short time.

"We need to put people first, make ensuring and improving their well-being the starting point and goal of all work, unwaveringly work for prosperity for all and ensure that everyone shares the fruits of development," said Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, whose remarks have impressed many foreign observers.

Yang Wenkai, chief editor of Chubun (Chinese Review Weekly), a Tokyo-based Chinese-language newspaper, said the annual sessions of the NPC and CPPCC had many highlights, but he is most impressed by the emphasis on improving people's well-being in Premier Wen's report on the work of government.

A strong country is a manifestation of growth, but to make its people wealthy constitutes the ultimate goal of development, he said.

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