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China's development in past decade impressive: survey

Updated: March 13, 2023 Source: Xinhua News Agency
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BEIJING, March 10 (Xinhua) -- Nearly 96 percent of respondents to a recent global survey on China's development were impressed by the Asian country's achievements over the past decade.

Nearly 60 percent of the respondents were mostly impressed by China's "economic development" and "progress in science and technology" in recent years, according to the survey conducted by Xinhua News Agency, with the participation of 1,200 respondents from over 60 countries, most of whom were academics and professionals of politics, social science and business.

A total of 83.1 percent believe that the vitality and potential of the Chinese economy will be a continued source of confidence and strength for the world economy, showed the survey results.

"China's path to modernization," "Global Development Initiatives," "Human community with a shared future" and "Humanity's shared values of peace, development, fairness, justice, democracy, and freedom" are among the many concepts and initiatives that China promotes in both state governance and global interactions that the respondents would like to know more about, according to the survey.

Meanwhile, respondents are mostly attracted by such keywords as "Higher-standard open economy," "Digital China (initiative)," "Smart cities" and "Rural revitalization," which China has highlighted in its development blueprint.

Eduardo Roldan, former Consul General of Mexico in Hong Kong of China, agreed with the results, particularly the part on China's achievement over the last decade. He said that he was amazed by the artificial intelligence projects run by Chinese universities during his last visit in 2019.

"(The Chinese path to) modernization was based on high-quality education, free trade, China's opening to the world, and technological innovation," said Roldan, adding that the modernization process is well planned.

For his part, Bhokin Bhalakula, former president of Thailand Parliament, agreed that the Chinese path to modernization emphasizes people's well-being and looks to improve their livelihood. China also shares its own development experience with other developing nations to achieve common development, Bhalakula added.

The survey also found that the Belt and Road Initiative, proposed by China in 2013, has brought enormous development potential and cooperation chances to countries and regions while helping build strengthened international relations and peace.

Meanwhile, respondents say in the past decade, more and more "Chinese branded goods," "(China-related) Infrastructure projects" and "Chinese cultural products" have become familiar components of their daily life.

Christopher Mutsvangwa, Secretary for Information and Publicity for Zimbabwe's ruling Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU PF) party, told Xinhua that the Chinese development dividend has indeed been taken beyond China through initiatives such as the Belt and Road.

"It has been a zero-sum game up to now. What China has done is to make it a win-win game," said Mutsvangwa, also his country's former ambassador to China.

Mutsvangwa said Chinese cooperation with Africa today has brought connectivity to encourage infra-African trade, unlike when Africa's rail infrastructure was meant to plunder the continent's resources by colonial powers.

"The Belt and Road Initiative is one of the concrete manifestations of China's opening up," said Yersultan Zhanseitov, senior expert at the Institute of World Economics and Politics in Kazakhstan.

"This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative. Under the new pattern of China's opening up, I believe that the initiative will gain new driving forces for development," said Zhanseitov. 

Editor: Li Shimeng