Xi reaf­firms sig­nif­i­cance of mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism

In­ter­na­tional or­der at cru­cial cross­roads, he tells for­eign rep­re­sen­ta­tives to fo­rum

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By AN BAIJIE an­bai­[email protected]­nadaily.com.cn

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping reaf­firmed China’s res­o­lute stance on up­hold­ing mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism and pro­mot­ing the build­ing of a com­mu­nity with a shared fu­ture for mankind on Tues­day as he met at the Great Hall of the Peo­ple in Bei­jing with for­eign rep­re­sen­ta­tives who at­tended the 2019 Im­pe­rial Springs In­ter­na­tional Fo­rum.

The fo­rum was held Sun­day and Mon­day in Guangzhou, Guang­dong prov­ince.

Global gov­er­nance is fac­ing com­plex chal­lenges, Xi said, adding that the in­ter­na­tional or­der is at a cru­cial cross­roads and the fun­da­men­tal ques­tion is whether mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism or uni­lat­er­al­ism will pre­vail.

The cur­rent in­ter­na­tional or­der is not per­fect, but it doesn’t need to be de­stroyed com­pletely to build a new one. It needs to be re­formed and improved, he said.

Xi called on all na­tions to shoul­der their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, ini­ti­ate con­struc­tive dia­logue, up­hold the prin­ci­ple of seek­ing com­mon ground while al­low­ing the ex­is­tence of dif­fer­ences and con­trib­ute more pos­i­tive en­ergy to build­ing a com­mu­nity with a shared fu­ture for mankind.

As a na­tion with nearly 1.4 bil­lion peo­ple, China’s big­gest con­tri­bu­tion to hu­man­ity is to han­dle its own af­fairs well, Xi said, adding that China would like to shoul­der its in­ter­na­tional obli­ga­tions and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

China will prove with its real prac­tices that a strong coun­try may not seek hege­mony, and this has been shown by the coun­try’s his­tory, cul­ture and tra­di­tion over the past 5,000 years, Xi said.

The peo­ple of all coun­tries have the right to se­lect devel­op­ment paths that fit their own coun­tries’ sit­u­a­tions, and no na­tion can achieve re­ju­ve­na­tion by copy­ing the devel­op­ment paths of oth­ers, he said.

Not­ing that this year marks the 70th an­niver­sary of the found­ing of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China, Xi said that progress over the past decades proves that so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics is the right path for China’s devel­op­ment.

China will firmly up­hold its path, con­tinue to deepen re­form and open­ing-up and achieve the “Two Cen­te­nary Goals” as planned, Xi said, adding that he is con­fi­dent of China’s fu­ture.

Some rep­re­sen­ta­tives, in­clud­ing for­mer Ja­panese prime min­is­ter Yukio Ha­toyama and Tan­za­nia’s for­mer pres­i­dent Ben­jamin William Mkapa, made speeches dur­ing the meet­ing.

They ex­tended con­grat­u­la­tions on the 70th an­niver­sary of the found­ing of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China and ap­pre­ci­ated China’s con­tri­bu­tions to pro­mot­ing global peace and sus­tain­able devel­op­ment.

They said that China’s re­form and open­ing-up will ben­e­fit the whole world — es­pe­cially de­vel­op­ing coun­tries. At the same time, sev­eral coun­tries’ prac­tice of putting their own in­ter­ests first and up­hold­ing uni­lat­er­al­ism has led to an in­crease of con­flict and fric­tion.

The Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive and the pro­posal of build­ing a com­mu­nity with a shared fu­ture for mankind, put for­ward by Xi, has great sig­nif­i­cance to pro­mote global peace and pros­per­ity, they said.

Founded in 2014, the fo­rum has be­come a new high-end plat­form for in-depth con­ver­sa­tions be­tween China and the rest of the world. This year’s fo­rum was at­tended by over 260 for­mer heads of state or gov­ern­ment, lead­ers of in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions, aca­demic ex­perts and busi­ness lead­ers.

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