About 60 Ambassadors and Diplomats to China from 40 Asian Countries, as well as representatives from two international organisations, paid a visit to the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference on Monday to learn about China’s political system.
The event aims to promote the implementation of the outcomes of international activities held in Asia, including the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation and the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilisations.
It also helps the diplomatic envoys deepen their understanding of the nature and functions of the country’s political advisory body and promotes cooperation between the CPPCC and related organisations of those countries.
They watched a documentary featuring the history of the CPPCC, listened to the introduction of its work. During the discussion session, they raised questions on issues of concern to them.
Loh Ka Leung, Singapore’s Ambassador to China, said China’s political advisory body is very special and plays an important role.
He asked about the CPPCC’s work in public diplomacy to enhance exchanges with Asian countries.
In response, Yang Yanyi, a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the CPPCC National Committee, said many CPPCC members are experts from different fields who know China well and also have a global vision, which gives it an advantage in conducting exchanges with other countries.
Last year, the foreign affairs committee organised some political advisers to conduct a survey on the problems in the construction of the Belt and Road Initiative in three Asian countries; Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, Yang said.
“During the survey, we talked with different sides, including governments, think tanks and enterprises in those countries to find out the real problems,” she said.
The CPPCC will continue to carry out international activities and create new ways of conducting public diplomacy and people-to-people exchanges, according to its work report delivered during the annual two sessions in March.
Events to be held this year by the CPPCC include the Belt & Road Seminar for International Cooperation and the International Seminar on Peaceful Dialogue between Different Religions, the report said.