G20 eye anti-graft mea­sure

Xi will follow sum­mit with vis­its to NZ,Pa­cific is­land coun­tries as trade in­creases

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By ZHANG YUNBI zhangyunbi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China ex­pects the up­com­ing G20 Sum­mit to ex­pand anti-cor­rup­tion team­work from the Asi­aPa­cific re­gion to the en­tire world, with the 15-year-old gath­er­ing of the world’s most pow­er­ful eco­nomic play­ers seek­ing sus­tained growth for its mem­bers.

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping will at­tend the sum­mit in Bris­bane, Aus­tralia, which is slated for Satur­day and Sun­day.

The Group of 20 is made up of 19 of the world’s ma­jor and emerg­ing economies, plus the Euro­pean Union. Re­ports said the sum­mit is ex­pected to sign off on an agree­ment de­signed to help mem­bers bring fugi­tives to jus­tice.

Zhang Jun, head of the For­eign Min­istry’s in­ter­na­tional econ­omy depart­ment, dis­missed spec­u­la­tion that China will block the ini­tia­tive and said China “ac­tu­ally takes an ac­tive part in the G20 counter-cor­rup­tion co­op­er­a­tion”.

The Asia-Pa­cific Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion mem­ber economies de­cided on Tues­day to set up a cross-bor­der law en­force­ment net­work to strengthen an­ticor­rup­tion co­op­er­a­tion in the re­gion. Zhang said the G20 is ex­pected to take a step for­ward to­ward a sim­i­lar goal.

“China firmly sup­ports the G20’s step­ping-up of anti-cor­rup­tion co­op­er­a­tion, such as the re­trieval of as­sets, seizure of fugi­tives and build­ing a ju­di­cial as­sis­tance net­work. G20 mem­bers should not pro­vide safe havens for cor­rupt of­fi­cials,” Zhang said. Oceanic visit

The progress of free trade talks and China’s ad­vanc­ing team­work with the south Pa­cific re­gion are ex­pected to high­light Xi’s Nov 16-23 trip to Aus­tralia, New Zealand and Fiji fol­low­ing his attendance at the G20 sum­mit.

Aus­tralia is China’s eighth­largest trad­ing part­ner, with bi­lat­eral trade vol­ume top­ping $130 bil­lion in 2013. China has been Aus­tralia’s largest trade part­ner for the past five years.

Dur­ing his visit, Xi will meet Aus­tralian lead­ers and give a speech to Par­lia­ment. He will also meet lo­cal of­fi­cials and at­tend a meet­ing with some CEOs from both coun­tries, ac­cord­ing to As­sis­tant For­eign Min­is­ter Zheng Zeguang.

Gov­ern­ment de­part­ments and en­ter­prises from both coun­tries will sign some co­op­er­a­tion doc­u­ments re­gard­ing in­vest­ment, fi­nance, ed­u­ca­tion, po­lar af­fairs, en­ergy and min­er­als as well as in­fra­struc­ture, Zheng said.

Xi’s ar­rival in New Zealand will get se­ri­ous at­ten­tion, as key in­di­ca­tors show that bi­lat­eral trade and strate­gic res­o­nance are build­ing.

China’s Am­bas­sador to New Zealand Wang Lu­tong de­fined the sta­tus quo of bi­lat­eral po­lit­i­cal mu­tual trust as “un­prece­dent­edly high” in a re­cent speech.

The China-New Zealand Free Trade Agree­ment has served as a strong cat­a­lyst, and grow­ing trade has ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions. A five-year plan to dou­ble an­nual bi­lat­eral trade was ac­com­plished ahead of sched­ule this year.

The two sides are ex­pected to sign co­op­er­a­tion doc­u­ments re­lated to cli­mate change, TV, ed­u­ca­tion, the South Pole, tourism, food safety, fi­nance, forestry and oth­ers, he said.

Dur­ing the trip, Xi will also meet with lead­ers from eight Pa­cific is­land coun­tries that have diplo­matic re­la­tions with China.

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