Los Angeles - General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee Xi Jinping’s opening address at the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (NCCPC) is an opportunity for those living in Southern California to gain a better understanding of just how far China has come, and how far it wants to go. When Xi said, “Stay true to the mission,” he was sending a message to the world that a new era had officially begun.
“China’s Congress meeting allows me to gain a glimpse of Chinese politics,” said Bob Nehme, a Los Angeles resident. “The perception of China is changing among Americans who once viewed the country as an adversary.”
Jonathan Aaron Alpart, a renowned real estate agent, used to live and work in Beijing for eight years. He said that he knows how important the 19th CPC Congress is and looks forward to seeing the advances the country will make in the next five years.
“Chinese bring their culture and history, as well as their business acumen, which help my country.” Alpart said, “I admire China’s commitment to education because that is the future.”
Sujiu Zhang, a Chinese community leader in Southern California, said that China’s “Poverty Alleviation” initiative has helped 1.3 billion Chinese overcome poverty since it was first introduced. “This is an enormous achievement, one that presently cannot be matched by any nation in the world,” she added.
Wentian Yang, president of the Arizona Chinese Association who does business in Southern California, said that Xi’s address can be interpreted on a deeper level. “Just as General Secretary Xi said, the mission of the CPC is to bring harmony and happiness to its people. I believe the Party will remain steadfast in fulfilling its goals.”
“China has become a powerful nation with an increasingly important and vibrant economy. It remains committed to fighting corruption without hesitation,” said Derek Ma, president of the Chinese American Community Affairs Council in Los Angeles.
China’s “Belt and Road” strategy is creating a win-win situation applauded by the international community, Ma added.