Left: File photo taken in the 1970s shows railway worker Chen Shenglun examining the conditions of a locomotive with a hammer in Nanchang, east China's Jiangxi Province. (Provided to Xinhua)
Right: Photo taken on May 31, 2019 by Chen Fei shows technicians controlling a detective robot to examine a bullet train in east China's Shanghai. (Xinhua)
"I saw them with my own eyes," Secretary-General of the Communist Party of Chile Lautaro Carmona said. He said that he has visited China three times in recent years, and was impressed by the changes in the Chinese society.
SANTIAGO, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- China's achievements in various fields in the past 70 years are impressive and highly commendable, Secretary-General of the Communist Party of Chile Lautaro Carmona said.
Carmona told Xinhua in a recent interview that he has visited China three times in recent years, and was impressed by the changes in the Chinese society. "I saw them with my own eyes," he said.
Carmona said that the Asian country is building a socialist system with Chinese characteristics, designed and developed according to its actual conditions and situations.
No other country in the world has been able to achieve such tremendous social progress as China in a relatively short period of time, said Carmona, hailing China's poverty reduction efforts as well as its attention to ecological protection in the process.
He said he saw in China a society functioning efficiently and safely, with people enjoying advanced transportation and power facilities.
Left: File photo taken in 1969 shows two technicians examining power facilities in Wudang District of Guiyang, southwest China's Guizhou Province.
Right: Photo taken on June 24, 2019 by Li Ran shows Si Haoyu flying a drone to examine ultra-high voltage power transmission lines in Wangqingtuo Township in north China's Tianjin. (Xinhua)
Moreover, technology development has brought convenience to municipal management as well as people's daily life, he added.
Indeed, China still faces challenges of unbalanced and insufficient development, especially in rural areas, he said, but the government is making efforts to crack the problems.
Speaking highly of the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Carmona said the initiative facilitates exchanges between countries in terms of politics, economy, trade and culture on the basis of equality and mutual respect.
Lauding the initiative as a people-centered one, Carmona said that since Latin America has experienced overexploitation of mineral, marine and forest resources, it would be very meaningful to promote exchanges on environmental protection between Latin America and China. ■