Xi’s trip adds sta­bil­ity, new mo­men­tum

FM says four-na­tion tour by pres­i­dent pay­ing off by eas­ing world’s anx­i­ety

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

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s vis­its to Europe and Latin Amer­ica have added sta­bil­ity to the global sit­u­a­tion and brought pos­i­tive en­ergy into an anx­i­ety-plagued in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, State Coun­cilor and For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi said on Thurs­day in Bei­jing.

Xi re­turned to the cap­i­tal after wrap­ping up his over­seas trip to Spain, Ar­gentina, Panama and Por­tu­gal, which kicked off on Nov 27. In Ar­gentina, Xi also at­tended the G20 Lead­ers’ Sum­mit, and met with US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and other heads of state.

On the over­seas tour, Xi sup­ported eco­nomic glob­al­iza­tion and mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism and proac­tively pro­posed win-win co­op­er­a­tion, Wang said.

Dur­ing his nine-day itin­er­ary, Xi trav­eled more than 40,000 kilo­me­ters and at­tended nearly 70 bi­lat­eral and mul­ti­lat­eral ac­tiv­i­ties. The four host coun­tries all made spe­cial ar­range­ments to wel­come him, Wang said.

While at­tend­ing the sum­mit in Buenos Aires, the Ar­gen­tine cap­i­tal, Xi put for­ward pro­pos­als, pro­moted co­op­er­a­tion and main­tained unity — show­ing great vi­sion and re­spon­si­bil­ity as the leader of a ma­jor coun­try, Wang said. The pro­pos­als Xi made there, in­clud­ing en­hanc­ing pol­icy co­or­di­na­tion and safe­guard­ing mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism, re­flected the com­mon de­sire of all na­tions and strength­ened the G20’s sta­tus as a pri­mary fo­rum for in­ter­na­tional eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion, Wang added.

In dis­cussing trade is­sues at the event, Xi said the di­rec­tion of open­ness and in­clu­sive­ness should be up­held, and na­tions should ad­here to rel­e­vant trade rules.

Xi said China sup­ports some nec­es­sary re­forms to the World Trade Or­ga­ni­za­tion, but the key is to safe­guard the core val­ues and ba­sic prin­ci­ples of the WTO, in­clud­ing open­ness, in­clu­sive­ness and nondis­crim­i­na­tion.

Dur­ing Xi’s meet­ing with Trump, the two lead­ers in­ter­acted in a friendly and can­did at­mos­phere, set­ting the di­rec­tion for an out­line of how to prop­erly han­dle cur­rent prob­lems in bi­lat­eral re­la­tions, Wang said.

The two pres­i­dents agreed to push for­ward co­or­di­nated, co­op­er­a­tive and sta­ble China-US re­la­tions, Wang said, adding that the US reaf­firmed its stance in sup­port of the one-China pol­icy.

The dis­cus­sion of eco­nomic and trade is­sues was “very pos­i­tive and con­struc­tive”, and a con­sen­sus was reached by the two sides, Wang said.

The meet­ing steered China and the US in the di­rec­tion of halt­ing any fur­ther es­ca­la­tion of trade fric­tions, re­turn­ing to a di­a­logue track, mak­ing win-win co­op­er­a­tion a shared goal and bring­ing ben­e­fits to both global trade and the world econ­omy, Wang said.

Facts will prove that China and the US have more com­mon in­ter­ests than they do dis­agree­ments, and they have more rea­son to co­op­er­ate than not to, Wang said, adding that China-US co­op­er­a­tion will not only ben­e­fit the peo­ple of both sides but also the whole world.

Dur­ing his four-na­tion trip, Xi re­viewed the process of China’s re­form and open­ing-up and pledged to pro­vide more op­por­tu­ni­ties for coun­tries to pur­sue com­mon de­vel­op­ment.

He stressed that China will host the in­ter­na­tional im­port expo ev­ery year to open the Chi­nese mar­ket fur­ther and to build a free, open, in­clu­sive and or­derly global econ­omy with all coun­tries.

Wang noted that the other coun­tries con­grat­u­lated China on its achieve­ments in re­form and open­ing-up, and spoke highly of China’s proac­tive ac­tions deep­en­ing mar­ket re­forms and in­creas­ing im­ports.

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