NEWSLETTER Issue XV of 2017


The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China spokesperson

holds press conference


On October 17, Tuo Zhen, the spokesperson for the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) holds press conference in Beijing. You can click here to view it in full. Here are some highlights of the press conference:

1, Agenda set for 19th CPC National Congress

The agenda for the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) has been set at the preparatory meeting for the congress, spokesperson Tuo Zhen said. The agenda includes:

-- To hear and examine a report submitted by the 18th CPC Central Committee;

-- To examine a work report of the 18th Central Commission for Discipline Inspection;

-- To deliberate and adopt an amendment to the Party's Constitution;

-- To elect the Party's 19th Central Committee and its 19th Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.

The congress will open at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, and conclude on Oct. 24, the spokesperson said.

2, 19th CPC National Congress to plan for political reform

The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) will map out overall reform measures about the country's political system and other systems, the spokesperson for the congress said.

Based on the systematic review of achievements and experience of reform in the past, the congress will strive to address outstanding issues that have emerged in practice and work out overall reform measures, Tuo Zhen told reporters.

"We will unswervingly move toward the goal of improving and developing socialism with Chinese characteristics and modernizing China's state governance system and capability," Tuo said.

"All the achievements China has made in reform and development since the launch of reform and opening up nearly four decades ago will not be possible without political system reform, and this will remain the case in the future," he said.

The spokesperson said China has achieved major and historic achievements in political system reform, which have provided important guarantee for deepening reform in other fields and created better conditions for economic and social development.

China will not copy and replicate the models of other countries in political system reform, the spokesperson said.

"Our unique cultural traditions, unique historic experience and unique national conditions determine that we must pursue a path of development suited to our own features," he said.

3, China not to change policy of utilizing foreign investment: spokesperson

China's policy of foreign investment utilization will remain unchanged, the spokesperson for the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China said.

China will also keep unchanged its protection of foreign-funded companies' lawful rights and interests as well as its commitment to providing better services for the investment and operations of companies from all nations, said Tuo Zhen, spokesperson for the congress.

"China's reform and opening up are at a new starting point," Tuo told reporters.

He said the country will continue to stick to the basic state policy of opening up, open even wider to the outside world and speed up the building of a new open economy system.

Market access will be further expanded and a new round of high-quality opening up will be promoted, he noted.

"Our goal is to achieve win-win and common development," Tuo said.

The spokesperson said China's opening up is expanding in both breadth and depth, noting that the country leads the world in foreign investment utilization, outward investment and trade in both goods and services.

"A framework of two-way opening up with greater depth and higher quality is taking shape," he said.

China has ranked among the world's top three in terms of foreign investment utilization for five straight years and its engagement in global economic governance is deepening, according to Tuo.


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