by Xinhua writer Qiao Jihong
BERLIN, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) will unite the country under the leadership of Chinese President Xi Jinping, "which means a bright future for the Chinese people," the president of a German think tank has said.
"It is obvious that President Xi Jinping has a loving and extraordinary personality. He leads the country by inspiration, which is the best of all forms of leadership," Helga Zepp-LaRouche, president of the think tank Schiller Institute, told Xinhua in a recent interview.
LaRouche said she is confident that the congress will achieve a great success.
The 19th CPC National Congress, a week-long meeting which opened in Beijing on Wednesday, marks China's most important political event in five years.
The landmark conference is going to elect a new CPC Central Committee and CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, amend the CPC Constitution, and draw a blueprint for China's development in the next five years and beyond.
In the interview, LaRouche said the "Chinese Dream" which aims to achieve rejuvenation of the Chinese nation is a great inspiration, not only for China, but also for the rest of the world.
"You can feel the optimism that has been created in China when you talk to the ordinary people, including youths, which is in stark contrast to the cultural problems of the so-called 'youth culture' in the United States and Europe," she said.
LaRouche said she had traveled to China several times in recent years and was impressed by the CPC's ability to make high-level strategic plans and execute them.
She spoke highly of the Belt and Road Initiative, saying it is one of the most important strategic initiatives in the world that will promote common development and reduce poverty.
The initiative, proposed by Xi in 2013, aims to create greater trade, infrastructure and people-to-people links between Asia, Europe and Africa by reviving and expanding the ancient Silk Trade routes and beyond. The modern version comprises the overland Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.
So far, more than 70 countries joined the initiative.
"It demonstrates that people can achieve anything when they are united for a good plan," she said.
The establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the Silk Road Fund and other institutions within the mechanism of the initiative will address problems in developing countries, she added.
"The CPC deserves the highest praise for its executive ability," which is more effective than the Western political systems, LaRouche said.