city of Bengaluru, says the BJP “has done a lot of good work” but he is uneasy about its religious underpinnings.
”Any time that (situation) happens it is chaotic for the system, and I feel one thing Congress stands for is secularism, which the BJP does not,” he said.
Modi’s rise has left many Indian liberals worried about an increase in religious intolerance at the expense of Muslim
s and other minorities. In contrast to the Congress Party’s secular stance, the BJP is strongly aligned with conse
rvative Hindu nationalists — the more extreme of whom want India governed in accordance with strict Hindu beliefs.
Eshna Kutty, 22, was born in the southern city of Chennai, grew up in New Delhi and
now studies dance therapy in Mumbai. She is concerned about the next leader’s approach to governing a diverse country.
”In a country that has different religions and cultures, Modi as a leader, his party bein
g in power, means that a huge population is ignored and sidelined,” Kutty told CNN.
dworking, and bravely take responsibility,” he said. “There are no honorary members, only responsible members.”
Political adviser He Yun’ao, from Jiangsu province, said this year’s session was busy and substantial.
“I got up early and got to sleep late to read more material so as to im
prove my proposals,” he said. “The meeting was over, but Chairman Wang has given us man
y assignments. I will do more surveys and study this year and bring better proposals next year.”
Zhang Zhihao and Wang Kaihao contributed to this story.
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ars, China has made determined and innovative efforts to reduce poverty and remarkable achievements have been witnessed.
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ring questions put forward by media outlets from more than 20 countries, Lei Ming, dean of the Insti
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factor in Chinese outbound investments in 2018. “If you are a company where real estate and property development is your ma
in line of business I think you will have a better chance of getting your foreign investment approved,” he said.
Despite the decline in Chinese investment, the US commercial real estate markets weathered the loss of capi
tal well. Because New York and San Francisco receive two-thirds of every Chinese investment dollar according to the
report, the effect of the falloff was limited, according to Barry Hersh, a real estate professor at New York University.
Overall, China fell to third in total foreign investment in American real estate behind Cana
da and Singapore, according to the report. Bitner said other sources of capital stepped in to fill the void. “Capital fro
m Canada, Singapore, Japan and South Korea is coming into the US market,” he said.