China offers to train African and Asian legislators

Tuesday March 22 2016

Mr Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC), delivers a speech at the 134th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly in Lusaka, capital of Zambia. PHOTO | DING LIN | XINHUA

China will launch a programme to train members of parliament of some Asian and African countries so as to improve the capacity of parliament in the developing countries, a senior Chinese official said Tuesday in Lusaka, Zambia. 

Chinese top legislator Zhang Dejiang announced the programme at a breakfast meeting with Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU)’s President Saber Chowdhury and parliamentary leaders of Zambia, Rwanda, Kenya, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Cambodia on the sidelines of the 134th IPU Assembly.

Mr Zhang said that China, a member of the developing world, will firmly safeguard the common interests of developing countries and continuously expand south-south cooperation.

Mr Zhang attended the inaugural ceremony of the assembly, and delivered a speech on Sunday. It was the first time a chairman of the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress participated in the IPU Assembly. 

China is committed to developing socialist democracy and has successfully found a political development path in line with its national conditions, Mr Zhang said, stressing that China’s democratic development has proved that democracy can be realised in various forms.

On China’s economic situation, Mr Zhang said that the Chinese top legislative body has approved the country’s new development plan for the next five years earlier this month, and China’s development will bring more opportunities to the world.


More than 670 members of parliament from over 130 countries, including 87 speakers and deputy speakers of parliament, are attending the assembly, which Mr Zhang held separate meetings with parliamentary leaders of Egypt, South Africa and Mozambique to promote bilateral ties and push forward the implementation of the outcomes of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit held in Johannesburg in December.

At the summit, Chinese President Xi Jinping outlined a raft of measures to strengthen China-Africa ties and announced 10 major plans to boost bilateral win-win cooperation.

Mr Zhang said legislatures should fully play their roles in promoting the implementation of the mutual-beneficial plans. Mr Zhang is paying a 10-day visit to Africa from March 18 to 27.

Following his Zambia tour, the top legislator will visit Rwanda and Kenya.