Nepali experts share mixed opinions on NPC and CPPCC
By APD Reporter
The annual two sessions of China’s top legislative body National People’s Congress (NPC) and top national advisory body Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) that kicked off on March 5 and March 3 respectively, have now become a matter of the talk across the world. Experts who are closely observing China’s political developments are also following the two sessions and keen to know the decisions to be taken at the end of the sessions. Nepali experts are also closely following the two sessions. Kathmandu-based experts have shared their mixed opinions regarding the outcomes of the NPC and CPPCC.
“Four issues- economic and political reform, defense strategy and high-tech development is likely to get top priority,” says Madan Regmi, Chair of China Study Center. On his recent trip to China he found people very much positive towards President Xi Jinping’s zero tolerance approach in fighting corruption. “It is high time to check corruption to clean internal politics as well to enhance sustainable governance” shared a local resident.
Another expert Khadga KC, a professor at Department of International Relation and Diplomacy argues that America and Europe are ruling this world, not only because of wealth. By this time China should have understood this reality. China is just manufacturing and exporting good and is accumulating wealth but has failed to pay serious attention in academia and research. As a result, till now it has not produced any brand which has become globally popular. “Personally, I feel China needs to go a long way to be global power as it significantly lacks intellectual mass,” he adds. In heavy tone he further adds, “Sadly to date I have no idea about the name of Chinese academician who is Sino-Nepal expert. However, the name list is big for Indo-Nepal relation experts.”
Unlike Regmi and KC, Bishnu Hari Nepal, a foreign policy expert and former ambassador believes, since President Xi’s “Peripheral diplomacy” is praiseworthy and has occupied special place in Chinese diplomacy and thus CPPCC session is likely focus on Xi’s popular Trans-Himalayan economic zone (THEZ) doctrine. It is the only way by which China can make it safe and can increase its influence in South-Asian countries. So, it is obvious, the session to suggest more road, rail and air connectivity with Nepal. Contrary to Nepal’s opinion, Prof. KC thinks sessions may not come up with ideas on aggressive approach to Nepal’s territory as this will create tough time for politically unstable Nepal to strike balance with both neighboring giants- India and China.
The sessions are expected to hold discussions on impact of global climate change and its repercussions in Asia and the whole world. “China-US has signed an agreement on climate change. China is serious and has allocated $276 billion for this but US is still reluctant. Apart from this, session members will suggest how to be robust in both soft and hard power in order to change conventional world order status of China,” Nepal said.
At a ceremony marking the 65th anniversary of the CPPCC in September 2014, President Xi highlighted consultative democracy, which immediately attracted widespread attention.
“There are various ways to realize democracy. We should neither stick to one model nor claim that there is a universal one,” Xi said at the ceremony, while pointing out that democracy is not decorative, but a means of solving problems.
As a result ‘Consultative democracy’ has now become the political buzzword in ongoing CPPCC session. Top leaders and members participating in the session are expressing their views that new policies would be more rational. However, here in Nepal experts and scholars express their doubts citing consultative democracy as China’s indigenous model which is yet to be fully tested.
On a different note, pointing out the insufficient media coverage on the news of ongoing big political event NPC and CPPCC by Nepali media, some experts have said that it is “pitiful” that editors of popular newspapers are unaware of these two sessions. “Nepali politicians and scholars should have updated information on major political events taking place in its neighborhood “, they opined.