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Foreign observers comment on Xi's report to CPC congress

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2017-10-18 21:25

Foreign observers comment on Xi's report to CPC congress

Xi Jinping delivers a report to the 19th CPC National Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Oct 18, 2017. [Photo by Xu Jingxing/chinadaily.com.cn]


Xi Jinping delivered a report at the opening of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) on Wednesday, which has drawn great attention and expectations from across the world. The following are some of the comments on Xi's report.

Foreign observers comment on Xi's report to CPC congress

Fredrik Erixon, director of the Brussels-based European Center for International Political Economy (ECIPE)

President Xi's speech was notable and will go down in Chinese history as an important one. He lays out an idea of China which reflects its past economic achievements and the political reform around it. With collapsing confidence about the West and declining authority of Western leadership, President Xi sees an opportunity for China to help fashion the world.

 

Foreign observers comment on Xi's report to CPC congress

Helga Zepp-LaRouche, president of the Germany-based Schiller Institute

It is extremely noteworthy, that President Xi put such a central emphasis on the commitment of the CPC to provide for a"better, happier life", "mei hao sheng huo" for the Chinese people. That Chinese leadership putting the concept upfront is a shining example for the whole world.

 

Foreign observers comment on Xi's report to CPC congress

Economist Jim O'Neill, who created the "BRIC" acronym

President Xi's speech highlighted important issues for international observers to understand better; China continues to see growing its economy and the wealth of its 1.3 billion inhabitants as significant. If the economy grows above $12 trillion it will be three times bigger than that of Japan. To put this in context, in 2001 I forecast that China's economy might equal Japan's in size by 2015.

China's rising consumer demand remains the single most important development in the world economy. This, and two other things President Xi highlighted -- China's peaceful nature and the absence of foreign expansionist ambition -- suggests to me, that China will continue on its path to greater global importance.

 

Foreign observers comment on Xi's report to CPC congress

Stephen Perry, chairman of The 48 Group Club

President Xi Jinping is moving China to a new economic and foreign policy. He knows what he is talking about and his steps allow for unexpected errors to be managed. The world is transforming and acceptance of different systems with shared good goals can enable the West to find growth again. 

 

Foreign observers comment on Xi's report to CPC congress

Rebecca Nadin, head of the Risk and Resilience program at the Overseas Development Institute

It is encouraging to see that President Xi's speech points to regulation of the "environmental regulation system". This demonstrates that the Party recognizes China's already significant pollution of water and soil resources, soil erosion, land degradation, and ecosystem and habitat loss.

In recent years, China has been investing scientific, financial and human resources to tackle environmental problems and demonstrating strong global leadership on climate change.

The decision to establish regulatory agencies to manage State-owned natural resource assets and monitor natural ecosystems will ensure that China's ongoing rapid urbanization and industrial development do not accelerate rates of ecological degradation.

This will ensure improved standards of living for all people; assets, infrastructure and economic sectors are also less vulnerable to suffering harm from climate impacts.

 

Foreign observers comment on Xi's report to CPC congress

Christopher Bovis, professor of international business law, University of Hull, UK

President Xi's speech provides direction for China's policies. The emphasis he placed on China's domestic policies are positive, and in line with previous directions. Emphasis on the need to move up the value chain, from heavy industries to financial and technology sectors are what China needs. It is also encouraging to see President Xi's comments on China's commitment to further open up, which is a crucial part of China's internationalization process. President Xi's emphasis on environmental protection is also very significant, as China has taken a leadership and is now a global driver on environmental protection issues.

 

Foreign observers comment on Xi's report to CPC congress

Rana Mitter, director of the University of Oxford China Center

The most significant part of President Xi's speech is the firm pledge to make China a major actor in the world. At a time of major flux in world order, it will be increasingly important for China to play a stabilizing, responsible role when it comes to questions of trade, security and international order. As China takes a greater role in the world, it will also have to shoulder many of the responsibilities of a great power, encouraging freer markets and a more transparent international environment. It will also have to tackle issues such as climate change and provide leadership there. The world will be watching from now on.

President Xi has made major commitments to economic reform in China. On a variety of issues, such as taxation policy, opening of markets and convertibility of the RMB, the world is keen to see solid and steady movement from China at a time when the global economy is still unstable.

 

Foreign observers comment on Xi's report to CPC congress

Alfred Schipke , Chief Representative, IMF China, member of the International Committee of the International Monetary Institute, Renmin University of China

China's focus on structural reforms, addressing overcapacity and deleveraging, and allowing the market to play a decisive role, are very welcome. This will not only reduce vulnerabilities but also improve the allocation of resources.

 

Foreign observers comment on Xi's report to CPC congress

Herbert Poenisch, member of the International Committee of the International Monetary Institute, Renmin University of China, former senior economist of the Bank for International Settlements

Remembering President Xi Jinping's leadership in Davos, with a stable and prosperous China committed to globalization, a clean environment, and world peace we are heartened to read in President Xi's address today of China's continuing commitment to its opening-up policy, starting with the Belt and Road Initiative.

 

Foreign observers comment on Xi's report to CPC congress

Mathias Lund Larsen, Director of International Cooperation and Research Fellow, the International Institute of Green Finance, Central University of Finance and Economics

From an environmental and green finance perspective it is encouraging to see "green" being incorporated into both the concept of development and China’s long term-planning, based on the push toward realizing an ecological civilization. It is a particularly strong market signal that President Xi highlighted during his speech today that there is no dilemma between green development and economic growth, and that rather they are mutually supportive. Internationally, as President Xi stresses China’s commitment to fighting global climate change, we are enthusiastically expecting China’s commitments to increase further in the future.

 

Foreign observers comment on Xi's report to CPC congress

Mark Greeven, Associate Professor at the Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy Department of Zhejiang University's School of Management

In the last decades China has been building the foundations to become a modern and prosperous society. However, as suggested by President Xi Jinping in the 19th Party Congress, the rise of China depends on continued efforts in reducing income inequality and job creation. In my opinion it is good news that President Xi also addressed the importance of a world class talent development system to support China's future. As an educator I look forward to continuous efforts in reforming and improving education for all in China.

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