the Korea her­ald

Khaleej Times - - OPINION -

What Xi does mat­ters What China does mat­ters. China’s de­ci­sion to ban im­ports of plas­tic waste led Korean re­cy­clers to refuse to col­lect plas­tic bags. It is im­por­tant what kind of lead­er­ship a coun­try with such tremen­dous in­flu­ence has. No won­der many closely fol­low what Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping says and does. In Boao, Xi called for aban­don­ing “Cold War and ze­ro­sum men­tal­ity,” build­ing “a com­mu­nity with a shared fu­ture for mankind” and mak­ing Asia and the world “peace­ful, tran­quil, pros­per­ous and open.” Such a no­ble goal can be achieved only when the Chi­nese leader trans­lates his words into ac­tion and as­sumes re­spon­si­bil­ity as a re­spectable mem­ber of the com­mu­nity.

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