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Overseas views on NPC & CPPCC: Former Alabama Republican Party Chairman heralds China-US tourism year

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

03-14-2016 14:30 BJT

Editor's note: The National People's Congress (NPC), China's top parliamentary body, and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), China's top political advisory body, convene its annual sessions, known as the "two sessions" on March 3-15, 2016, which marks a pivotal year as the nation continues on to embark with its reforms and opening up policy, shifting towards a "New Normal" for economic growth rates, starting its 13th Five-Year Plan for social and economic development over the next five years and confronting challenges on the foreign policy front. How will the NPC address those concerns? What do foreign experts and Overseas Chinese say? The Panview Column of CNTV has invited some of them to express their views on major issues to be discussed at the ongoing two sessions.

While China is conducting its annual "two sessions" meetings - the Chinese National People's Congress (NPC), and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), it happens to occur the same time when US states are conducting their legislative sessions, and bills get introduced to the US Senate and Congress.

The US is a federation of 50 states, and it's an important time of lawmaking in each state. Nonetheless due to the rise of China as one of the major powers of the world, American leaders pay close attention to Beijing's "two sessions," even while they are in the middle of their state legislative agenda.

Marty Connors, former chairman of the Alabama Republican Party, chairman of the Birmingham International Center, and friendship ambassador for Ireland, had recently praised Chinese tourists, who visit his home state when he spoke at a recent luncheon.

Connors is a straightforward person and he agreed with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang that the Chinese have entered the stage for mass tourism.

He believes the 2016 China-US tourism year, launched by Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Barrack Obama can benefit the US economy. But the US has some homework to do to prepare for hosting Chinese tourists.

He also shared his perspectives on China-US economic development. He believes the Chinese government has done an outstanding job in economic reforms to modernize tier one cities, such as Beijing and Shanghai.

He noted that to encourage property development in rural areas and help ethnic groups, it is essential to manage policies and relationships between the central government and local markets. Meanwhile, China has the largest population in the world, along with the largest market holding the greatest potential.

American companies hope to invest more in China for the long-term, however they would appreciate stronger assurances on the rule of law, especially in contractual law, so they can invest with confidence.

Last but not the least, Connors said he has faith in China, and the world welcomes its peaceful rise would like to ensure fair competition for Chinese markets. He contends that the US and China would both benefit from a strong and long-lasting economic partnership.

Ying "Springna" Zhao, Special Advisor to Governor's Office of Alabama on China Trade and Commerce


( The opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Panview or CCTV.com. )



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