Diplomatic take: Envoys welcome government work report

By Yan Ran, Mo Jingxi, Zhao Yimeng and Ouyang Shijia (Chinadaily.com.cn) 16:02, March 05, 2024

Aldonov Frankeko Alvarez, El Salvador's ambassador to China

Aldonov Frankeko Alvarez. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]

I am very optimistic about China's economic development in the coming years because I can see China is recovering faster than expected.

I think the Chinese economy will grow above expectations because of the measures taken last year, and those measures will be boosted this year. I think 2024 will be the year of the full recovery.


Simon Pierre Adovelande, Beninese ambassador to China

Simon Pierre Adovelande. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]

This is the sixth time I am attending the two sessions. This year, I will follow discussions on new energy and the economic development of China.

I think, after the pandemic, China is now taking new steps toward recovery and also moving to the next level in terms of quality development.

In the coming year, I see the booming of China's economy. And I also think China will bring positive influence to the world through its economic recovery.

Ibrahima Sory Sylla, Senegalese ambassador to China

Ibrahima Sory Sylla. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]

Politics and economy are the topics we are interested in. The model of governance and investment from China can inspire us of efficiency because we are having local development.

The second issue we pay attention is economic cooperation. We want to build a strong partnership with China in different fields such as economy, trade and we are looking for more efficiency in terms of industry, agriculture and private investment.


Andre Haspels, the Netherlands ambassador to China

Andre Haspels. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]

I'm happy to be here to listen to China's plans. It's very important to European countries. The most interesting topics for me are economy and security issues because they are very important for our bilateral relationship and the global situation, as we are facing challenges in Ukraine and Gaza, so I hope we can learn more about China's positions there.

China has undergone tremendous development for decades. It's important to keep up the development, because the world economy and Chinese economy are very interlinked. We have to make sure the interlink remains. I hope we will be able to give positive moves about economy.


Salvador Moncada, Honduran ambassador to China

Salvador Moncada. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]

I think the Government Work Report is a very interesting and wide-ranging report. I'm very interested in the part related to the development of green society and ecological society, for example, your plan for the reduction of energy consumption per unit of GDP.

And the idea that you will continue to grow at 5 percent is also very good. The other one we are interested in is the plan of China to continue maintaining positive and synergistic interactions with many countries and organizations around the world on promoting the world peace.


Peter Lizak, Slovakia's ambassador to China

Peter Lizak. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]

I've seen there are comments and suggestions by the Chinese premier today on how to overcome the not easy situation. China has achieved a lot last year, the first year after the pandemic. The situation was not so easy internally in China and internationally. The next steps are to be taken to make, again, some impulses for future development.

Setting a growth target of around 5 percent this year is realistic. But it was also stressed that China is developing extremely demanding surroundings, internally and externally. The international situation is quite complicated. And internally, as it is said in the report, there are some structural questions to be solved.

But there are also many positive signals. For example, it was mentioned in the report that the three parts of the exports, including electric vehicles, were growing extremely fast, by around 30 percent. And these are the electric vehicles and solar panels. So this is also both sides of the development.

Robinson Jean Louis, Madagascar's ambassador to China


Robinson Jean Louis. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]

What I cared most about during the two sessions is the strengthening of relations between China and developing countries, including Madagascar.

I expect more cooperation in agricultural techniques between the two countries. We want to increase our rice production and China is helping Madagascar in the research of hybrid rice.


Aleksandra Sobalevskaya, second secretary of Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in China

Aleksandra Sobalevskaya. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]

It's a great pleasure to have the opportunity to attend the two sessions, which is a very important political event for China. What I'm looking forward to is learning more about plans for the future development of China in different fields such as economics, politics and education.

Belarus and China are very good friends and strategic partners. I believe that we will continue building our mutual cooperation with benefits in different perspectives.


Michael Campbell, Nicaragua's ambassador to China

Michael Campbell. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]

We understand that it's the result of a large process of debate and consultation that happens at the local levels, and that slowly moves up to this very important annual session. The whole-process people's democracy is most definitely a key feature of Chinese modernization and will contribute greatly to Chinese development.

I'm very interested in listening to the report by Premier Li Qiang so that we can learn as much as possible about China and China's experience during the last year and its plans for this year.

I think in the case of China, all topics are very important and very interesting. So I think there's a lot to learn and every step of the way Nicaragua will stand hand in hand with the people and government of China and with the Communist Party of China.

We hope to bring our excellent products into the Chinese market, to the Chinese dining tables, and we also seek to import more excellent quality Chinese products into Nicaragua and to the Central American region.


Siyabonga Cyprian Cwele, South African ambassador to China

Siyabonga Cyprian Cwele. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]

I'm looking forward to the two sessions.

If there's an ambassador who misses the two sessions, I believe they would miss the whole.

Because it's a meeting where the Chinese government maps out the plans for the year, maps out the resources that are to be allocated for the year, the expectations and projected growth and areas where they are focusing in terms of development.

We are very interested in China's growth and the approaches in terms of the development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

We will be looking very carefully at how the plans for the development are going to be executed and implemented so that we can interact better with the Chinese people in this field.

Pick Fung Ho-Chong, ambassador of the Republic of Suriname to China

I attended the two sessions for the first time last year. It was really eye-opening, structural, and very well organized. I learned a lot. I'm very happy to be invited and I look forward to attending the next one.

The two sessions is very important for us because foreign diplomatic envoys have to be informed of everything here in China, whether at the political level or others.

We follow and see what is implemented and what are we going to expect.

We will choose the official English version of the Government Work Report because we don't want to get things wrong. We have to report back to our headquarters and then translate it into our official Dutch language.

We check online and China Daily after the opening meeting of the National People's Congress.

(Web editor: Tian Yi, Liang Jun)


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