Mon, Mar 08, 2004 - Page 5 News List

Overseas Chinese pay little attention to National People's Congress meetings

AP , BEIJING

"It is still too early to predict whether the amendments will make the Chinese foreign trade regime more liberalized or restricted," Gao said.

"But it certainly shows that China has become more sophisticated in the international arena," Gao said.

But many abroad agree that anyone with a passion for the NPC is firmly in the minority, even when it comes to those actively participating in China's pursuit of profits.

"There may be a few [overseas Chinese] who follow the NPC," said Wang Gungwu, head of the East Asia Institute at the National University of Singapore.

"But I have not met any who believe that the meetings help them much in their business in China," Wang said.

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