International debate about the pace of China's reform has increased recently. Will things move faster or slow down? It is clear that the pace of reform has to match the prevailing conditions in China and win full popular support.
With the coming of China's "two session time"-- the annual sessions of the National People's Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the world is once again focusing on the country's reform program and exploring its development prospects.
The year of 2014 will be the first year of China's comprehensively strengthened reform. Even the subtlest of policy changes conveyed from the "two sessions" will send ripples to the outside world. As the first Deputy Speaker Togo Komi said, due to the importance of China to the world, major policies discussed at the two sessions will not only determine the future of China, but also affect other countries throughout the world.
People's Daily Online recently conducted a survey among foreign reporters covering the "two sessions", China's major political events. The survey shows that despite different areas of reporting and focus, reform will be the priority for these reporters. According to Spain's China policy watch website, after the Third Plenary Session of the 18th Communist Party of China Central Committee, China launched its most radical course of reform since reform and opening up to the outside world in 1978. Undoubtedly, this is a key stage for China, complicated and full of challenges.
International debate about the pace of China's reform has increased recently. Will things move faster or slow down? It is clear that the pace of reform has to match the prevailing conditions in China and win full popular support. Thus, the "two sessions" have become an important window for the world to understand the institutional framework guaranteeing China's reform.
In the eyes of many observers, reform is the word of the moment in China, and the "two sessions" are moving forward in the process of promoting reform. Many countries have experience of the kind of political deadlock that can lead to major delays in decision-making. One of the reasons for this is that there is a will to reform, but no consensus on how it should proceed. Fierce battles and political conflict between respective interested parties can also result in more talk than hard work. China's "two sessions" are never an arena for political showmanship, but a rational decison-making platform which can form the greatest common denominator.
Popular consensus and determination for reform will be further united through the "two sessions" and will be conducive to realizing the Chinese dream.
The article is edited and translated from《探寻中国改革奥秘的重要窗口》, source: People's Daily, author:Zhong Sheng