The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) from October 18 to 24 drew wide attention. Soon, US President Donald Trump and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will visit Beijing. What influence will this Congress and the two leaders' visit have on China and their relations? At a conference hosted by Rossiya Segodnya in Beijing last week, experts from China and Russia shared their thoughts.
Fan Ying, professor at University of International Business and Economics
The 19th CPC National Congress mapped out a time schedule of China's development in the next 50 years, bringing up the new contradictions within economic development. But the basic premise that China is at the primary stage of socialism and the largest developing country still remains unchanged.
First, General Secretary Xi Jinping's report came up with new ideas about rapid development and China's power to transform into quality growth with new modes, structure and momentum. He spoke of fresh paradigms of global governance with Chinese wisdom underscoring cooperation different than that highlighted by the West.
Second, the report emphasized that China will maintain and enhance full-scale openness, and use platforms like the Belt and Road Initiative to prompt further cooperation.
Third, the report stressed on more openness and fairer rules to spread prosperity in the world.
Nikola Kotlyarov, Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation
To address slowed down economic development and an aging population, China has undertook structural adjustments and found success. It brought about improvements in science and innovation with the science and technology field eyeing world-class standards by 2025.
It is wrong to believe that China can only copy other countries' achievements. China has left the world behind in technological fields like high-speed trains.
China has made efforts to establish fairer rules for global governance and build a community of shared destiny.
As for building up the Party, the CPC has consolidated Party unity which leads to a stable base for long-term relations with other nations.
Vladimir Petrovsky, a researcher with the Institute of Far Eastern Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences
Being in Beijing during the 19th CPC National Congress, I observed that Chinese leaders have the vision to make a plan for as long as 50 years. The conception of a new era in Xi's report is worth mentioning. The Chinese economy has developed enormously and I believe the goal of building a "moderately prosperous country" will have a global impact.
All proceedings of the Congress were well reported and helped me keep abreast of whatever I was interested in. China's initiative on new international relations mechanism based on development and cooperation is really good.
China's experience of economic development is shared by the world and is worth emulating by countries eager to develop.
In November, Trump is going to visit China and leaders of the two countries will discuss the economy. Beijing is expected to ask Trump to explain his warnings that the US will sanction countries that trade with North Korea. Trump and Xi will also talk about unbalanced trade between the two countries.
On the political front, they will focus on the nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula.
Medvedev will visit Beijing to attend China-Russia Prime Ministers' Regular Meeting. The nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula will also be an important subject.
The two premiers will hold talks on economy, including how China invests in various Russian sectors and participates in Russian aerospace projects, and how Moscow plays a role in the Belt and Road initiative to develop the economy of the Far East region.