Bill Gates speaks at Peking University in Beijing, on March 24, 2017. [Photo by Zhu Xingxin/chinadaily.com.cn]
China is "committed", "ambitious" and "vital", according to Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
"Committed, because as much as any other country over the past few years, China has shown a commitment to health and development both at home and abroad. Ambitious, because of the targets it has set for itself, including wiping out extreme poverty by 2020. And vital, because we need an engaged and responsible China if we are to rid the world of what we call 'solvable human misery'," he responded.
Former US ambassador to China Gary Locke talks with China Daily during an exclusive interview. [File photo/China Daily]
Gary Locke, the former US ambassador to China, said it was important to reflect that China was building a new modernity while also not forgetting the foundation of its ancient culture.
"I would say 'modern', 'ancient' and 'energetic'. China is on the move," he responded.
Kerry Brown [File photo from web]
Leading China expert Kerry Brown, director of the Lau Institute at King's College London and author of the new book China's World about China's increasing global role, described China as "dynamic", "complex" and "aspirational".
He said he wanted the words to reflect just how important China is to the rest of the world.
Scott Kennedy [Photo from CRI Online]
Scott Kennedy, deputy director of the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, was one of those who said it was difficult to avoid the word "big" when it came to China, although he also went for "competitive" and "offering variety", the last choice taking into account the diversity of the country.
"China is big. It's not just big geographically and in terms of its number of people but also on its effect on the global economy, markets and security issues. Anything you study about China has to start with its size," he responded.
Sir Gerry Grimstone[File photo from web]
Sir Gerry Grimstone, chairman of Standard Life, the UK insurance company, and former chairman of The-CityUK, a trade body for the UK's financial services sector, stressed "opportunity" as well as "exciting" and "powerful", because of the potential for UK-China business following Xi's state visit to the UK in October 2015.
"The visit marked an improvement in the relations between the two countries and the beginning of a new 'golden era' of cooperation," he responded.
Steve Mollenkopf [File photo/IC]
Steve Mollenkopf, chief executive officer of Qualcomm, the US semiconductor and telecommunications giant, chose "green" alongside "innovative" and "collaborative".
"The Chinese government has attached great importance to ecological protection. During my recent visits to China, I have been impressed by the considerable efforts toward improving the environment."
Curt Ferguson [File photo from web]
"Globalization" was one of the selections of Curt Ferguson, president of the Chinese arm of Coca-Cola, which remains one of the world's most global companies.
"China has become a champion of globalization. We are very fortunate to have had the opportunity to forge strong local partnerships to serve Chinese consumers and share our experience of managing a truly international business in more countries and regions than there are members of the United Nations."
Angel Gurria [File photo/Agencies]
Angel Gurria, the former Mexican foreign affairs and finance minister and now secretary-general of the Paris-based OECD, emphasized "innovative" as well as "dynamic" and "flexible".
"One of the most visible changes in China is the abundance of internet-based services, including mobile payments and shared economy services," he responded.
"These innovations have changed Chinese people's lives, well ahead of many other more economically advanced countries."
Colin Mackerras [File photo from web]
Colin Mackerras, a Sinologist and emeritus professor at Griffith University in Australia, selected "prosperous", "confident" and "stronger", since all three, he says, are reflected in Xi's style of leadership.
"He stands out among contemporary world leaders for his rationality and common sense. He is very impressive."