Thousands of deputies and members will return to their posts now that the annual two sessions has concluded. What do people expect from the meeting?
Behind every high speed railway line in China, there are engineers like Zhao Changwei, who only starts working when others are sound asleep. Zhao has been following the two sessions closely because the general manager of his company attended as a deputy to the National People’s Congress (NPC).
Zhao Changwei (L) from China Railway Shenyang Group is looking forward to knowing more about the future development plans of high speed railways, as his manager, a NPC deputy, will return with some exciting news to share. [Photo/CGTN]
“I am looking forward to knowing more about the plans for the future development of high speed railways. I think our manager will have some exciting news to share with us once he returns, especially about the railway project related to the Liaoning free trade zone,” Said Zhao Changwei from China Railway Shenyang group.
Revitalizing Northeast China’s old industrial base has been discussed in buzzwords for years, and the region’s stagnation has not gone unnoticed by the central government. Policies like supply-side reform in the iron & steel sector are paving the way for the northeast to reshape its economy.
Policies like supply-side reform in the iron & steel sector are paving the way for the northeast to reshape its economy. [Photo/CGTN]
Hu Mingguo, a foreign trade manager, thinks the iron & steel companies are at a turning point if they can find where to fit into the big picture. He told CGTN: “What we are interested in about the two sessions is how big plans like the supply-side reform can further boost the operational efficiency and competitiveness of our company, and what role iron & steel sector play in the Belt and Road Initiative.”
The two sessions this year are the longest legislative gathering in more than two decades. They passed constitutional amendments, elected a new leadership, decided on a new structure for the State Council, and laid out plenty of reform plans. These decisions will influence China in its political, economic and social landscape in the years to come.
Some effects can already be seen: In the education sector where investments appeared to be paying off for China’s universities. But research quality and the pool of talent still remains the weak link. Reforming career advancement has allowed young professors like Shen Yanbai to move up the ranks quicker.
Hu Mingguo, a foreign trade manager, thinks the iron & steel companies are at a turning point if they can find where to fit into the big picture. [Photo/CGTN]
Shen told CGTN: “During the two sessions, the minister of education pointed out that the demand for better education will be met by the growth of high-quality universities. I think the reforms on talent cultivation and the promotion system for young professors will be a great boost.”