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Ambassadors: China's decisions influence world

China Daily | Updated: 2017-03-04 08:21

Editor's Note: With the two sessions beginning, seven ambassadors discuss what they see as the major issues, including China's economic performance, its role in the international arena and the Belt and Road Initiative. Their views highlight the importance of the event on a global stage.

Masood Khalid, Pakistan's ambassador

Ambassadors: China's decisions influence world

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The annual two sessions will continue to provide new solutions to increasing protectionism and provide ideas to accelerate the Belt and Road Initiative, said Masood Khalid, Pakistan's ambassador to China.

The diplomat described what intrigues him most when it comes to the annual gathering of the country's lawmakers and political advisers.

"Like most international observers, I will watch with keen interest the proceedings of the two sessions, especially on the economy and connectivity," he said.

He noted China's continued focus on reform and opening-up, innovation, social development and environmental protection.

"We will be interested to know the guidance the Chinese leadership provides on economic development in light of this year's Government Work Report," he said.

"President Xi Jinping's visionary Belt and Road Initiative provides an innovative solution to the challenges being faced by the global economy through inclusiveness, mutual trust and win-win cooperation, and building a community of shared destiny," he added.

The ambassador noted that the Chinese economy in 2016 beat expectations and achieved its GDP growth target of 6.7 percent.

"Industrial output, fiscal revenue and foreign investments have increased, creating more jobs and increasing average incomes. The critical social sectors of education, health and social security have also seen considerable improvement. These are encouraging signs and will have a positive impact on the global economy," he said.

Khalid said China's Western Development Strategy is closely linked to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, which has added a new chapter in the long history of the close and comprehensive partnership.

"I am confident that as we move forward, the Chinese economy will continue to achieve stable growth and sustainable development." he said.

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