Guo Weimin, the spokesperson for the second session of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), is briefing media Saturday on the arrangements for the upcoming gathering in Beijing.
The National Committee of the CPPCC will open its annual session on Sunday afternoon at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing and conclude on the morning of March 13, according to Guo.
Here are some highlights of the news conference on this upcoming gathering.
When asked about China-U.S. trade negotiations, Guo said that China welcomes the positive development of the bilateral trade consultations and the trade talks between the two sides have made progress in multiple areas.
“Maintaining the healthy and stable development of the Sino-U.S. relations accords with the fundamental interests of the two peoples and serves as the common expectation in the international community,” noted Guo.
Belt and Road Initiative
“CPPCC attaches great importance to the construction for the Belt and Road. Over 100 countries and international organizations participated in the initiative by the end of 2018. The Belt and Road Initiative has been welcomed by the international community,” said Guo.
Guo also reiterated China’s stance on the Belt and Road Initiative, dismissing the claims that relevant countries may fall into a “debt trap” by China, saying it does not make any sense.
“China’s investment projects mainly focused on infrastructure domains. It is good for the long-term development of these countries,” said Guo.
China’s medical and healthcare reform
“China’s medical and healthcare reform is now entering a more challenging stage,” according to the spokesperson. “The level of China’s health services has yet to meet the growing needs of the people.”
“CPPCC has continually attached great importance to the work of China’s medical and healthcare reform, focusing on the crucial issues closely related to the Chinese people’s fundamental interests in order to carry out the medical innovation work actively,“ said Guo.