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Foreign experts glad to offer advice for China's development

(People's Daily Online)

08:32, December 14, 2012

Fifteen foreign experts from nine countries currently working in China gathered in the Foreign Experts Building in Beijing on Dec. 10 to discuss their recollections of a Dec. 5 symposium with Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee. They made a variety of suggestions for China's future development based on their own living and working experiences in the country.

"When Xi sat with us and listened to our suggestions, I felt hope," said Pili Mwinyi Khamis from Tanzania, one of the foreign experts who met with Xi last week. "China’s great assistance to Africa is enough to prove that it has fulfilled its commitment to promoting world development. China has brought development opportunities to Africa. It has not only invested heavily improving the infrastructure conditions in Africa, but also opened its doors to African businessmen."

Xi spoke highly of the contributions foreign experts have made to China's development, warming the heart of Japanese expert Tatsuhito Tokuchi. "My parents came to work in China in the 1970s and 80s, and I have worked and lived in China for several decades, so I am particularly interested in the report to the 18th CPC National Congress, a condensed reflection of the common wisdom of the Chinese people. In order to achieve the objectives established at the national congress, China will make greater efforts to promote world peace and stability."

Per Johan Alstrom, a Swedish expert at the Institute of Zoology under the Chinese Academy of Sciences was deeply impressed by the report to the 18th CPC National Congress which calls for building an ecological civilization. He is glad to see the Chinese government's great attention and devotion to environmental protection, and hopes that Chinese policymakers and research institutions will continue to promote ecological learning, understanding, and protection.

The director of the Australia National New Energy Research Center also expressed his unique opinions on China's win-win cooperation with the rest of the world. He said that Xi's meeting with foreign experts showed the Chinese government's openness, transparency, trustworthiness, and open-mindedness. Innovation is a complicated process, and requires cooperation rather than isolation. There are many Chinese students studying abroad, and he hopes Chinese schools can open their doors wider and accept more foreign students who want to study or do research in China. This will be win-win cooperation in the fields of talent and technology.

The symposium was set to last only two hours, but was extended one and a half hours. The foreign experts excreted their opinions freely at the meeting, and felt like "Chinese people with excitement and responsibility."

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