Hello and welcome, I’m your host Joe Willetts and I’m here at UIBE to bring you a new mini series called VIEWS ON CHINA.
大家好，欢迎收看。我是你们的主持人小周。今天我在对外经贸大学，给大家带来了一个全新的系列小栏目《VIEWS ON CHINA》。
Right now, there are almost half a million foreign students studying abroad in China. So in our mini series, we will test their knowledge on the latest happenings in China and find out their views on living here.
Today, we will start with the annual Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and the National People’s Congress, which are commonly known as “Liang Hui”, or China’s “Two Sessions”.
Will they know what the two sessions are and what they’re for? Let’s find out!
First, say your name, where you’re from and what you’re studying at UIBE.
Mariana: Hello, my name is Mariana, and I am from Greece. And I am studying my master degree, MBA.
Issac: My name is Issac Servatius. I am from Tanzania. And I am here studying marketing.
Tim: Hello, my name is Tim Kleimstein. I come from Germany. And I study business.
Aminetta: My name is Aminetta Kamara. I am from Sierra Leone with (in) Africa. And I am studying master in international economics, which is international logistics and management.
1. Why did you choose to study abroad, specifically in China?
Sophia: I really like China. That’s why I came here. And also I think I am in the center of the world right now. So I think I have a very great experience here.
Issac: I chose China because of the economy growing in a fast pace. So I thought this would be the right place for me.
2. How have you found studying and living here in China?
Aminetta: So far it has been good. Well, awesome, really. Just a few challenges here and there. But as a whole, it has been awesome.
3. Have you heard of the “Two Sessions” before? Do you know what they do?
Eric: Oh, yeah, I have heard it. I followed the news. Well, it is about the interests of the country and its development.
4. Would you propose any other changes, to make your time here better?
Issac: I think the schedules (as well), they have to be fixed to accommodate the students, because most of the courses interfere with other courses, so it becomes really difficult for students to abide.
Sophia: I think the “zuoye”, 太多了。We can be a little more free, we can, I think we need more time to explore, what we are going to do, not only time being above a 书，and study, study, study…
5. Finally, how’s your Chinese, do you think you can say the name of the “Two Sessions” in mandarin?
What are the two sessions?
The two sessions are a special time of the year in China. They are the meetings of the National People’s Congress (NPC, 全国人大) and the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC, 全国政协), which take place once a year.
Why are the two sessions important?
The people who attend the two sessions will make many big decisions for China, including making and changing laws and electing national leaders. These two sessions allow people to raise important issues facing our society and discuss possible solutions.
Every year, during the two sessions, our government will look back at its work in the past year and suggest new policies for the coming year.
We hope you enjoyed watching the video. Do you have any foreign friends studying or working here in China? What’s their view on China? Let us know in the comments section below. As always, thank you for watching, and I’ll see you in the next video.
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We are trying to accommodate the special interests of various groups.
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