Foreign diplomats speak highly of NDRC's role in China's fast growth
By Su Yuting

More than 100 foreign diplomats in Beijing have met with officials from the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), China's top economic planner, on Friday. This is part of an initiative aimed at helping foreign diplomatic missions learn more about the operations of China's government.

Ning Jizhe, vice chairman of the NDRC and director of the National Bureau of Statistics, elaborated on China's current five-year plan – the country's blueprint for social and economic development until 2025.

They also visited Daxing International Airport and Xiaomi Industrial Park on the same day.

Gunnar Snorri Gunnarsson, Iceland's ambassador to China talks to CGTN in Beijing, June 11, 2021. /CGTN

Gunnar Snorri Gunnarsson, Iceland's ambassador to China talks to CGTN in Beijing, June 11, 2021. /CGTN

Many ambassadors spoke highly of China's achievements and progress over the past few years.

Speaking highly of the NDRC's role in China's development, Gunnar Snorri Gunnarsson, Iceland's ambassador to China, said: "What I would really like to know more about is, for example, the balance between achieving carbon neutrality and maintaining economic growth. And how to cope with an aging society."

"It will be interesting for us to see how China responds to these challenges and maybe we can learn something from you," Gunnarsson said, acknowledging these challenges are also faced by Western countries.

"They have been very much coordinated. And under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, his theory of the new era with Chinese characteristics, we have seen massive development," said Siyabonga C. Cwele, South Africa's ambassador to China. 

"We've seen from industrialization to a more sustained development. We've seen more green development. We've seen more technology-driven development."

"And that's what will make this growth and the leadership and the development of China more sustained, because of the focus on those key things," Cwele said.

(Cover: Foreign diplomats visit Daxing International Airport in Beijing, June 11, 2021. /NDRC)

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