Invit­ing more de­vel­op­ing na­tions called a smart move

China Daily (Canada) - - THIS WILL BE THE 11TH G20 LEADERS SUMMIT: MAJOR OU - By ZHANG YUNBI in Hangzhou zhangyunbi@chi­

China’s de­ci­sion to in­vite a record num­ber of de­vel­op­ing coun­tries to the G20 Lead­ers Sum­mit in Hangzhou is a smart move that re­flects a new ap­proach to man­ag­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion, ob­servers said.

They noted that Hangzhou is a pioneer in up­grad­ing in­dus­tries, and invit­ing more de­vel­op­ing coun­tries to be part of dis­cus­sions in the city will fur­ther fa­cil­i­tate sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment of the G20 mech­a­nism it­self.

In­vi­ta­tions to the first five coun­tries — Chad, Laos, Sene­gal, Egypt and Kaza­khstan — were con­firmed by For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi when he ad­dressed the me­dia with his vis­it­ing Lao­tian coun­ter­part early last month.

Three of the coun­tries take ro­tat­ing chair­man­ships of in­flu­en­tial re­gional groups.

Chad is chair of the African Union, Laos is chair of the As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east AsianNa­tions while Sene­gal is chair of the New Part­ner­ship for Africa’s De­vel­op­ment.

Later in the month, the For­eign Min­istry an­nounced an ex­panded list of coun­tries that in­cluded Sin­ga­pore, Spain and Thai­land.

The sum­mit has been pre­pared at a time China is turn­ing to in­no­va­tion-driven de­vel­op­ment, and Hangzhou has been well known for its lead­ing role in on­line ser­vices, tech­nol­ogy de­vel­op­ment and fi­nan­cial prod­ucts.

Bei­jing has also pledged to trans­form the way the G20 op­er­ates— from a mech­a­nism of cri­sis re­sponse to one of long-term gov­er­nance.

Chen Fengy­ing, a se­nior re­searcher at the China In­sti­tutes of Con­tem­po­rary In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions, noted that the de­vel­op­ing coun­tries ac­count for more than 85 per­cent of world pop­u­la­tion and “they are a fun­da­men­tal pil­lar sup­port­ing sus­tained eco­nomic growth world­wide”.

Ruan Zongze, vice-pres­i­dent of the China In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies, said China, as the host coun­try, has made the right de­ci­sion by invit­ing a num­ber of de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.

China, it­self as a de­vel­op­ing coun­try, is well-po­si­tioned to make the con­cerns of the de­vel­op­ing coun­tries heard at the sum­mit, Ruan said.

“What China wants is to so­licit opin­ions from more coun­tries for the ref­er­ence of the G20 mem­bers,” Ruan said.

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