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International community lauds China's development in past 10 years

11-11-2012 01:07 BJT Special Report:18th CPC National Congress |

BEIJING, Nov. 10 (Xinhua) -- Foreign officials, experts and media have spoken positively of China's achievements in the past 10 years, saying its rapid development has made significant contributions to the world economy.

They were commenting on the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), which opened here Thursday.

Sergei Koshevoi, executive director of the Ukraine-China Cooperation Association, told Xinhua China had tremendous achievements on the road of prosperity and opening-up in the past 10 years under CPC leadership.

China had established a socialist market economy and China's achievements in economic development had drawn worldwide attention and compliments, he said, adding China's reform and opening-up policy, beyond doubt, had boosted rapid economic growth and made great contributions to world economic development.

The 18th CPC congress was of special significance as decisions to be made at the congress would not only influence China's future development, but also the world's future to a large extent, he said.

Boni Yaw Gerbe, an international relations expert at the University of Ghana's Legon Center for International and Diplomatic Affairs, told Xinhua in a telephone interview China had great achievements, especially in the field of economic cooperation with other countries, which had benefited the world.

He expected China to play a bigger role in the international political arena and become a major force in maintaining world peace.

Danish Foreign Minister Villy Sovndal said in an interview with Danish national TV he estimated China's economy would continue to maintain its current growth path.

China would be an engine for global economic growth, he said, adding Denmark would like to work with China to promote bilateral economic development.

Elizabeth Economy, director for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, told Xinhua China had made huge achievements in its development in recent years.

Since it adopted the reform and opening-up policy more than 30 years ago, China had become one of the important engines for global economic growth through developing manufacturing and foreign trade, she said, noting China played a key role in world development.

With its rapid economic growth, China's economic, social and institutional structures had undergone profound changes, which now put it in a new historical development period, she said.

Henning Kristoffersen, a China expert in Norway, told VG Nett China had changed a lot over the past few years.

Before the turn of the millennium, China was regarded as a great but poor country the outside world cared much less about, Kristoffersen said, but China was now the world's fastest growing economy and had passed Japan to become the world's second largest economy in 2011.


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