Diplomats to China applaud new reform plans
2013-11-20 13:56:00

Foreign ambassadors and diplomats to China have received a briefing on the country's new reform plans that came out of the recently-closed Third Plenary session. Those in attendance said they were impressed by the announced changes and look forward to seeing how the plan is implemented.

Over 200 ambassadors and diplomats from 130 countries gathered at the International Department of the CPC Central Committee to hear State Council officials highlight the key reforms ahead.

They covered ten areas, including measures to strengthen China’s consultative democracy, rule of law, clean governance and national security.

Liu Shilin from the State Council Development Research Center said the roadmap covers a range of issues, but its top priority is economic reform.

After the briefing, ambassadors gave their thumbs-up to the blueprint.

"We are very much impressed by the reforms, by the contents of the communique, by the strong political will to implement the reforms." Dionyssis Kalamvrezos, first counselor of Greek Embassy in Beijing, said.

Dionyssis Kalamvrezos, first counselor of Greek Embassy in Beijing.

Plans for more concrete action in China’s finance and state-owned enterprise sectors, as well as the country’s social and legal systems, drew the most attention.

"Very interested to see decisions around Hukou, one child policy, and some aspects on judiciary system, and some aspects on the political system. We will follow them very closely." Sarah Taylor, deputy head of mission of Canadian Embassy in Beijing, said.

Sarah Taylor, deputy head of mission of Canadian Embassy in Beijing.

"The mixture of public and private ownership now that you have, maybe this is the winning formula for success." Marko Kolakovie from Croatian Embassy in Beijing said.

"I think we are really surprised to see the reform in the state owned and private sector, and also in finance and fiscal reforms......." Kristina Henssener, economic counselor of German Embassy in Beijing, said.

"China is a major player in the world, and a key partner for Mexico, any measures that it takes to enhance its growth model is of interest to Mexico. At the moment, we are working very hard to increase bilateral trade." Julian Ventura, ambassador of Mexican Embassy in Beijing, said.

Julian Ventura, ambassador of Mexican Embassy in Beijing.

While the response was positive, there were some who still wanted to hear more details about how the Party would follow through on its blueprint for change.

"The decisions are very far reaching, but at this stage, it’s very general. We are interested to see more detailed plans and concrete measures." Irene Giner-Reichl, ambassador of Austrian Embassy in Beijing, said.

 

Irene Giner-Reichl, ambassador of Austrian Embassy in Beijing.

Reporter: "Ambassadors and diplomats have applauded China’s commitment to social and economic reform. They say they expect the measures to bring China another decade of sustained growth. But as always, execution will be the key.”

Source:cntv Editor:Nicky