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Foreign media eyes China economy during 'Lianghui'

Reporter: Martina Fuchs 丨 CCTV.com

03-02-2017 15:28 BJT

Full coverage: 2017 NPC & CPPCC Sessions

(Source: CGTN)

Apart from the delegates, one group of people that's extremely busy during the Two Sessions are foreign journalists. They come to Beijing from all over the world. CCTV reporter Martina Fuchs visited newsrooms in the capital to find out about the foreign media's coverage plans and expectations.
Beijing's Financial Street is home to some of China's largest companies and many of its regulators. One of the biggest news agencies in the world - Bloomberg - is also headquartered here.

The terminal will be mostly orange with breaking news flashes during the Two Sessions.

Staffing will be at a maximum, and some of Bloomberg's top journalists will be deployed to report from the ground.

"Equally important for us are the comments we'll get from delegates that will come from all across China and we do n't normally have the ability to go all over China to talk to them," said Ken Wills, Beijing Bureau Chief, Bloomberg News.

"We will assign reporters to go out to the delegations to get comments from them. They'll talk about pollution, they'll talk about jobs, they'll talk about real estate prices, all the issues that are of key interest to them. Maybe even how the new US relations are going under the new Trump administration."

More than one thousand foreign journalists are getting ready to cover this year’s NPC and CPPCC meetings.

Economic and financial reforms will top the news agenda during China’s political season.

"To us, the key again is the economy. Whether the government can sustain growth without the fiscal, financial, monetary stimulus that has propped up the growth so far to this point," Wills said.

Bloomberg's competitor Reuters is also getting ready.

All hands will be on deck from the first day.

"Further opening up of China's economy to foreigners, I feel that this is something that will progress this year. Equally important is that China recently said that it will further level the playing field for foreign companies, and again this is important because the very industries that China is trying to build up need the foreign capital and expertise to help them grow," said Ryan Woo, China Bureau Chief, Thomson Reuters.

The "One Belt, One Road" initiative that China launched in 2013 is also expected to attract media attention.

"I would say it's a historic initiative for China, it's hugely ambitious, it's a grand vision of how China will further engage with its trading partners, there are dozens of countries involved... I think this will be the "One Belt, One Road" year," Woo said.

How much the initiative will help the Chinese economy in the months following this year's Two Sessions remains to be seen.

But one thing is for sure: The foreign press that's in Beijing to cover the meetings will be watching.

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