U.S. Scholar Applauds China’s New Focus on Balanced Growth

By Rong Jiaojiao, Xinhua.com

NEW YORK — China’s new focus on balanced growth and improvement of people’s well-being will ensure China’s success in the future, a U.S. scholar said Tuesday.

Virginia Kamsky, chair of China Institute in America, a nonprofit educational and cultural institution in New York City, told Xinhua in an interview that she applauded Chinese leaders for their wisdom in encouraging more balanced growth during its annual parliamentary session.

“This new focus on environmental protection and the improvement of social welfare will lead to an even better future for all the people of China, spreading the success of the ‘China model’ even more broadly,” Kamsky said in her Manhattan office.

The Fourth Session of the 11th National People’s Congress (NPC), which began on March 5, released a five-year development blueprint for China to seize the strategic opportunity for its development in 2011, the start of its 12th Five-Year Plan and the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

As the founder and CEO of Kamsky Associates, the first approved foreign advisory firm in China established in 1980, Kamsky witnessed the economic miracle of China over the past years. She said China’s growth has continued to outperform expectations, especially given the difficult global economy.

“China’s GDP growth for 2010, which was originally targeted to reach 8 percent, ended up surpassing 10 percent. Clearly, China has been using a very successful model for achieving impressive levels of growth, even when other parts of the world have been struggling financially,” she said.

She noted, however, that although this model has placed a strong emphasis on GDP growth in the past decade, other aspects of development need close attention as well.

“The Chinese government has already recognized this, as can be seen in the 12th Five-Year Plan unveiled in Premier Wen Jiabao’s government report. China realizes that it cannot grow at any cost and should not only look at numbers, but achieve a valued growth,” she said.

She was very impressed by Premier Wen’s remarks on making people’s happiness and livelihood the government’s top priorities as well as closing the large income gap and adopting a more energy-saving and environment-friendly path of development.

Kamsky, who started learning Chinese at the age of 10, said that China’s development has always been, and continues to be, a very important part of her own life. She is very optimistic about China’s future.

“Once China decides to do something, it will take it on with zest … In fact, China’s policy focus on making quality growth the top priority is already a success,” she said.

China Institute in America was founded in 1926 by a group of American and Chinese educators, including John Dewey and Chinese educator Hu Shi. It aims to build a bridge between the United States and China through enhanced cultural, language and business understanding.