Commentary: TWO SESSIONS AND CHINA'S GLOBAL ROLE
As the two sessions come to a close, our anchor Liliana Worth will give you a sum-up of what the Two Sessions have meant for China's regional and international roles. Have a look.
Hello and welcome to our final special report on China’s Two Sessions.
As the meetings draw to a close, it’s clear this year’s sessions have had an even bigger impact in China than before. But what has it meant meant from an international perspective?
Today we give you our top six points on the 2017 Two Sessions and China’s global role.
1. Number one, on U.S. China relations, Premier Li Keqiang stated the one-China policy will remain the political foundation of the relationship between the two countries. Li also reiterated China does not want a trade war with the U.S.
2. Number two, Foreign Minister Wang Yi reaffirmed China’s position on the south China sea, stating that the country would never again allow any disturbance to stability in the area. He added the reduced tensions in region were a result of cooperation between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
3. Number three, and staying on regional issues, Premier Li Keqiang confirmed China was committed to denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, urging all parties to quote "de-escalate tensions through dialogue and consultation." Wang Yi also criticized the deployment of THAAD in South Korea, calling the move the “wrong choice”. China proposed a so-called "double suspension" to help defuse tensions in the region.
4. Number four, China reaffirmed its commitment to partnerships with African countries. The country plans to continue supporting development in the region through more trade agreements and infrastructure projects.
5. Number five, China also turned its attention to the Middle East at the Two Sessions, saying peace in the region was again at a crucial point. Wang Yi called for international consensus on solutions to regional conflicts, saying the UN should play a leading role in peace processes. He also reaffirmed China’s support of the Two-State solution for the Israel/Palestine conflict.
6. Finally, number six, China stated its support for an integrated Europe. This comes amid rising tensions in the region and doubts over the unity of the EU, after the UK’s Brexit referendum. Premier Li Keqiang also stated China will not pursue a trade surplus with European countries, as this would lead to trade becoming unsustainable.
And added to that, let’s not forget China’s efforts on its far-reaching Belt and Road initiative, designed to increase China’s connectivity with central Asia, Africa and Europe.
So those were our top six points on the Two Meetings and China’s global role. That’s all we have time for today. For more special reports on the meetings, do visit our website. But for now, bye bye.