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Consul General Ma Zhanwu Speaks on China's Institutional Reforms at Indian Think-Tank
2018/04/13

On 12 April 2018, Mr. Ma Zhanwu, Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Kolkata, was invited to speak at the discussion on "Post- 19th CPC: Institutional Changes in PRC" held by the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) Kolkata Chapter. Vice Consul Xie Chao went along.

Mr. Ma started by giving an introduction of the content of the plan on deepening reforms of the CPC (Communist Party of China) and state institutions as released by the CPC Central Committee on 21 March 2018. He emphasized that the plan was launched against the background of the successful convening of the 19th National Congress of the CPC, the 40th anniversary of China's reforms and opening-up, and the historic changes that have taken place in China's political, social, economic and other areas since the 18th National Congress of the CPC. He went on to say that this round of institutional reforms is meant to build a set of CPC and state institutions that is systematic, scientific, capable and highly efficient, and to upgrade the system and capability for governance in the country. It is firmly believed that under the strong leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core, this round of institutional reforms is bound to succeed, which will provide strong institutional guarantee for securing a decisive victory in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects, bringing about a modern socialist China, and realizing the Chinese Dream of national rejuvenation.

 

The Consul General stated that reforms and opening-up are the second revolution in China, which have not only changed the country in a fundamental way, but have also had a great impact on the whole world. Likewise, this round of institutional reforms will ensure a stronger leadership of the CPC, and boost China's reforms and opening-up and socialist modernization in the years and decades to come. Therefore, it is of great significance to both China and the world, and it will also contribute to friendly exchanges and cooperation between China and India.

During the Q&A session, Mr. Ma interacted with the audience on such issues as the the specific steps for the reforms, China's innovation-driven development strategy, progress and prospects of the Belt and Road Initiative (OBOR), and China-US trade frictions.

Over 50 people were present at the seminar, including Mr. Ashok Dhar, Director of ORF Kolkata Chapter; Mr. Manoj Joshi, Distinguished Fellow of ORF; Professor Rakhahari Chatterji, Advisor at ORF Kolkata Chapter; Mr. Alexey Idamkin, Consul General of Russia in Kolkata; scholars from local think-tanks and journalists from the media houses. They spoke positively of the above reforms in China, and expressed appreciation of the remarks by the Chinese Consul General.

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