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Foreigners find “sense of belonging” in China

By Sun Wenyu (People's Daily Online)    16:57, November 20, 2017

A “sense of belonging” has become one of the major reasons for foreigners’ affection for China, together with other factors such as a convenient life and friendly people.

The term has been frequently used by foreigners in China to explain their liking for the country on the zhihu.com, a question-and-answer site.

“Chinese are the most reliable people,” said a German surnamed Wolfrun who has been engaged in the import business from the Far East for over 50 years. A freelancer surnamed Teresa from Seattle, United States, who currently works in China, also found familiarity with her hometown in the Chinese city of Changzhou. Topics related to China, such as miraculous infrastructure projects and Chinese TV dramas, have always drawn attention of the world.

These all prove China’s close interaction with the world and its unique attraction.

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s remarks in his speech delivered at the 19th CPC National Congress were a precise summary of China’s historical changes in its international image and status over the last 5 years.

Xi said that “with this we have seen a further rise in China’s international influence, ability to inspire, and power to shape; and China has made great new contributions to global peace and development.”

China has become a prioritized destination of tourism and residence for more and more foreigners because of its natural beauty, profound culture, delicious food, and convenient transportation.

Foreigners are also inspired by Chinese ideas, values, and wisdom reflected in the country’s development. Xi’s speeches delivered at major international events have been broadly recognized, and his proposals widely accepted. His book “Xi Jinping: the Governance of China” has been sold in more than 160 countries and regions in 24 languages.

The liking also comes from the country’s peaceful and sincere conducts in overseas countries. A journalist from Myanmar said at the 2017 Media Cooperation Forum on Belt and Road held two months ago in Dunhuang, Gansu, that the Belt and Road Initiative is hope for his country. A media practitioner from Kenyan attributed China’s reputation to its assistance and sincerity for other countries.

China is attracting the world with its unique charm, and will definitely embrace the future and the world with confidence.

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