Foreign experts at China party talks

Wednesday March 9 2016

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi gestures to journalists before a National People's Congress press conference in Beijing on March 8, 2016.  China's Communist-controlled parliament opened its annual session on March 5 and is expected to approve a new five-year plan to tackle slowing growth in the world's second-largest economy. PHOTO | WANG ZHAO |

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi gestures to journalists before a National People's Congress press conference in Beijing on March 8, 2016. China's Communist-controlled parliament opened its annual session on March 5 and is expected to approve a new five-year plan to tackle slowing growth in the world's second-largest economy. PHOTO | WANG ZHAO | AFP

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BEIJING, Tuesday

Foreign experts and scholars are closely following China’s economic development plan and direction as the 2016 annual sessions of China’s national legislature and its top advisory body are being held in Beijing. 

China’s 13th Five-Year Plan “is of particular significance in both practical and symbolic sense” as its timeframe overlaps with the 2021 target for China to become a moderately well-off society, one of the goals presented in Chinese President Xi Jinping’s China Dream vision, said Michal Kolakowski, an expert of the Polish Economic Congress Foundation.

“While previous plans paved a way to China’s social and economic advancement, the 13th plan period is a breakthrough point,” said Mr Kolakowski, referring to the 13th Five-Year Plan, the draft outline of which is being discussed at the annual sessions of the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) and the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).

“The plan will decisively overhaul, modernise and strengthen China’s growth engine, laying stable foundations for further growth,” said the Polish expert.

PARTY'S ROLE

“What is equally important is, the achievement of the higher-middle level income goal at the year of the 100th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) will convey a clear message to both the people of China and the international public opinion about success and efficiency of the Party’s leading role,” said Mr Kolakowski. 

While there are many serious challenges on the path to successfully implement the 13th plan, Chinese authorities are highly capable to implement economic reforms, said the expert.

“In a period of relative anxiety in the West about the course of the Chinese economy it is important for China to proceed with specific steps to boost its national economy,” said Mr George Tzogopoulos, a research fellow at Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy in Greece.

INTERNATIONAL INFLUENCE

China’s future and its international influence depend on the CPC’s ability to continue on the reform path opened by Deng Xiaoping, said Christianna Loundris, a research fellow at the non-governmental Eastern Mediterranean Geostrategic Watch.

“China should focus its efforts to retain positive performance in key sectors such as economic development, political and social stability and territorial integrity,” she said.  

“Given the fact that the Chinese economic miracle was based in a large extent on globalised economic networks, it would be interesting to follow the way China will react to the friction and the mechanisms Beijing will develop to minimize problems, as well as how the country will deal with the impact the new economic environment has on its further development and investment plans,” she added. 

China’s ongoing economic transformation, which addresses mainly the national sustainable development issues, will benefit at the same time countries as Romania, said Razvan Paunescu, managing partner of the Paunescu & Partners law firm in Romania.