Spotlight: Foreign experts pay close attention to "key words" of China's ongoing two sessions
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A military band plays the national anthem during the third session of China's 12th NPC at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 5, 2015. (Xinhua/Xing Guangli)

The annual sessions of China's top legislative and political advisory bodies, which respectively opened Tuesday and Thursday, are not only being closely followed by the Chinese public but also by foreign scholars and experts.

Experts interviewed by Xinhua correspondents in various countries in the lead up to the two sessions said they focused on such key words as reform, the rule of law and anti-corruption.

Patrick Maluki, a lecturer at the University of Nairobi's school of diplomacy, said Kenya and many other African nations have maintained a healthy, mutually-beneficial relationship with China over the past decades.

The current reform endeavor by the Chinese government has touched several aspects including politics, the economy and diplomacy, and China's experience in this regard could be learned by developing countries in Africa, Maluki said.

As he sees it, China's bid to deepen reforms will strengthen the government's ability to run the huge country and improve the civil services.

These reform measures will also be conducive to China's economic growth and its foreign trade, Maluki said, adding that a prosperous China is a boon to Kenya and Africa at large.

For Alejandro Simonoff, an international studies expert at the Argentine National University of La Plata, economy and the rule of law are topics that interest him most at China's two sessions.

Noting that the whole world is concerned with China's bid to restructure its economy, Simonoff said the task "is not an easy one" since the Chinese leaders have to balance growth and the environment, and also to ensure social welfare and an equitable income distribution system.

The Argentine expert also said China's move to advance the rule of law will have a positive influence on investors, especially those from outside China.

Egypt's China expert Muhammad Abdel-Wahab Al-Sakit, a former Arab League ambassador to China, said the two sessions are extraordinary mechanisms for pooling wisdom of lawmakers and political advisors to promote the country's development, adding that this year's two sessions do not lack eye-catching topics.

In terms of economy, the traditional advantage of cheap labor has become a thing of the past following demographic changes in the country and it is a natural choice for China to upgrade its industries and promote innovation so as to find new growth impetus, said Al-Sakit.

The former diplomat also underscored the anti-corruption efforts by the Chinese leadership, saying the unprecedented corruption bust in China shows the leadership's adherence to the principle that no one has impunity in this regard.

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