Danish envoy lauds openness in China’s policy-making process

Speaking about the ongoing parliamentary and the ruling party committee meetings, Danish Ambassador to China Friis Arne Peterson said on Monday 10 March at the Embassy of Denmark that he saw increased openness as well as people’s ability to discuss the government policy of China.

Danish Ambassador Friis Arne Petersen at the embassy's press conference. Photo: Embassy of Denmark in Beijing

Danish Ambassador Friis Arne Petersen at the embassy’s press conference.
Photo: Embassy of Denmark in Beijing

“Ten years ago or twenty years ago, China did not have this kind of openness and press communication strategy for increasing the awareness of the government policies as of today, so I think that’s a progress in China.” He said.

The “Lianghui” that Peterson refers to are the ongoing second sessions of the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) and the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).

As a foreign observer, Peterson pointed out that China has made impressive economic gains in the last 35 years because of opening up and reform, but it has come at a high price: growing income inequality, some bad habits like corruption, and a growth model that is not sustainable which leads to polluted soil, air and water.

Source: People Daily

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