Compared to previous years, the annual sessions of the National People's Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) this year bear greater significance, the Chinese president said.
During Monday's discussion, she talked about villagers' efforts to plant produce that brings them a higher income, such as carrots and traditional Chinese medicinal herbs. Xi asked her questions from time to time.
First, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) is working on drafting legislation on consular protection and assistance. Public consultation will start after the two sessions.
Guizhou has focused on the promotion of agricultural products in the past few years and launched a project called Qianhuo Chushan to help farmers in mountainous areas sell their products in cities. Data from the first half of 2017 shows the project generated a revenue of 3.7 billion yuan, an increase of 42 percent year-on-year.
The second direction is simply an acceptance that China now has a responsibility to frame a common language to deal with issues like environmental ones, global governance, security. The forces of protectionism and isolationism that we have seen in the US and EU in the last few years, and which can be traced back to the shock of the global economic crisis of 2008 and its impact on wealth levels, equality and social development, pull in a different way to those that are likely to best be able to address common problems. It seems that in many places there is an attempt to draw boundaries more tightly, to walk away from even trying to think in an international way, and to complain that the global agenda is no longer one that entirely suits the partners that used to be so keen on it.