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Commentary: A confident China on display throughout the 'Two Sessions'

(People's Daily Online)    13:13, March 17, 2017

China's just-concluded Two Sessions meetings have delivered an important message to the world: China is full of confidence and hope. This sentiment can be attributed to the country's achievements in recent years.

The first major achievement is economic growth. China predicted its economic growth for this year as coming in around 6.5 percent, according to a government work report delivered by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. The goal proved attainable, as the National Bureau of Statistics revealed on March 14 that the added value of above-scale enterprises has registered a year-on-year increase of 6.3 percent from January to February of 2017, up 0.3 percent from December 2016.

Over the past several years, China has found a development path that confirms its national conditions. The country is confident of its path, philosophy, system and culture, as was demonstrated throughout the Two Sessions.

China has embarked on a path of stable and consistent diplomacy featuring clear-cut stances and firm principles. Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed a guiding principle of "China has opened its doors and will not close them." Xi elaborated on the philosophy during the Two Sessions.

The national confidence is rooted in the CPC Central Committee's strong leadership, with Xi as its core. The Two Sessions provided a platform for the world to see how China's national policies are made, and, more importantly, to foresee the direction and future of the country's development. Therefore, in some ways, China's confidence comes not only from within but also from without--from people around the world who pay attention to China's development.

Data indicates that China's contribution to the global economy has remained above 30 percent since the 2008 financial crisis. At present, the country is an important force pushing forward the world's economy, despite of its own economic slowdown and a stubbornly lackluster global economy.

Later this year, China will host a series of meetings with major world economies to discuss ways of pushing the global economy in a more open, inclusive, balanced and beneficial direction. China is confident that it can avoid the political and economic consequences caused by the prevalence of so-called Black Swan events in recent years. A confident China will boost assurance of global community, create more certainty around world.

The author, Wang Yiwei, is a senior fellow at the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin University of China. 

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