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Overseas views on NPC & CPPCC: Warm applause for Premier Li's press conference

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

03-16-2016 18:39 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, have convened its annual sessions, known as the "two sessions" on March 3-16 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.

By Li Fu, professor of Portland State University of America

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang highlighted Beijing's fundamental policies in the government work report issued at the opening ceremony of the 2016 National People's Congress (NPC).

While meeting the press after conclusion of the annual legislative session on Wednesday, he expounded on new thoughts of governmental work.

He spoke about the openness of government affairs and how decentralization had played key roles to transform government functions and deepening reform.

"Any information (of government affairs) that can be made public should be released. Upload as much information as possible to the Internet and respond to public concerns timely," Premier Li said.

He added, "Openness shall be a standard of practice while the lack of it an exception." The openness of government affairs should become normal routine. It respects people's right to know and supports a government of law.

More information must be made to the public if it concerns issues that involve government authority and its execution, he said. "We should leave a trace of the government work so as to supervise how power is used. The execution of power cannot be petty and scheming."

Li asked ministers of departments under the State Council (China's cabinet)to respond to public concerns by citing the "minister's pathway" during the two sessions, which is less than a hundred meters in length at the northern part of the Great Hall of the People and usually crowded with reporters trying to ask ministers questions.

The policies are made for the people. We should give explanations when people have doubts and questions. If their suggestions are reasonable, then we should listen and make amendments. Policies should be transparent and in line with people's expectations.

Li also talked about the age of cloud computing. He quoted a  Chinese folk saying, "People are doing and God is watching," while pointing out that in this new age it would be "the power is being used and cloud technology is watching."

The Premier discussed modern technology by referring to Internet plus, Internet of things, cloud computing, intelligent manufacturing, mass customized production and maker space.

Modern technology can be integrated into the development of small and micro businesses, as well as large and medium-sized enterprises. He called them  rising new growth drivers.

Looking at targets put forward in the Premier's Report on the Work of the Government, we believe the "new economy" will facilitate China's economic transition, while enduring a "soft landing," and add to happiness and well-being for those living in the country.

"Making government affairs public," Premier Li said, which means people are supervising government's power and efficiency, which goes right in accordance with the "new economy," which does look as if "both God and the cloud are watching."



Li Fu, professor of Portland State University of America


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



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