Chinese Solutions for Promoting Open Global Cooperation
How can better opening up be achieved? The key is continuous promotion of domestic reform to motivate vate importing potential and inspire all countries to join in global cooperation.
At his keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai on November 5, 2018, President Xi Jinping mentioned the phrase “opening up” 53 times. His entire speech was focused on why countries around the world should open up and how to better promote opening up. This speech, alongside President Xi’s speeches at the 2017 annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos and at the 2018 annual conference of the Boao Forum for Asia in April, lays a milestone marking a new stage of China’s reform and opening up and a new trend for China’s relations with the outside world.
Why should every country open up? President Xi stressed that the current situation calls for openness and cooperation to foster steady global recovery and that openness and cooperation will remain essential for continued human progress. After he took office, U. S. President Donald Trump adopted an “America First” doctrine, stirring up doubt about the benefits of opening up. Many once doubted opening-up policy in the past. However, after witnessing the advantages of opening trends pushing development towards higher levels, a return to seclusion and isolation can never be appealing.
As the world’s second-largest economy, China is presenting Chinese solutions for opening up to the world. First, China will
continue pushing forward domestic reforms and stimulating potential for increased imports. More than just a big market with a population of more than 1.3 billion, China has the world’s largest middle-income group.
China’s coastal areas inhabited by 500 million people boast strong consumption capacity. In this sense, it was understandable to hold the CIIE in Shanghai, which is playing a lead role in China’s reform and opening up. President Xi announced that the government ment supports integrated development nt of the Yangtze River Delta region on and will make it a national strategy. egy. It is actually one of five “pillars” ” bolstering China’s high- quality development. The other four are e the Belt and Road Initiative, the e coordinated development of the e Beijing-tianjin-hebei region, the he Yangtze River Economic Belt and nd the Guangdong-hong Kong-macao acao Greater Bay Area.
Constantly broadening market ket
access and fostering a world- class business environment have become two core Chinese strategies to promote high- quality development. The continuous increase in China’s per capita income is fueling a boom in its service industry with healthcare and education at the center, becoming a new driving force for the country’s development. This shift has drawn intense scrutiny from the international community, especially developed economies. In particular, President Xi emphasized the importance of protecting intellectual property rights and said that China will enact a punitive compensation system to significantly raise the costs for offenders. Constantly improving human resources can serve as one of the most important driving forces for a country’s development. Undoubtedly, it is vital for China to pay attention to education, healthcare and the protection of intellectual property rights on the road towards high- quality development centered on innovation. These are the key to attracting high- caliber talent and fostering core competitiveness.
The CIIE has definitely become a new platform for open cooperation. Before it, China already presented some global governance concepts and plans with Chinese characteristics, all of which feature a high degree of inclusiveness and openness and encourage all countries to participate.
November 5, 2019: Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the first China International Import rt Expo in Shanghai, in which he stressed that the current situation calls for openness and cooperation to foster steady global recovery, which ich remains essential for continued human progress. Xinhua
November 5, 2018: Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev introduces the Country Pavilion of Russia to Chinese President Xi Jinping as he and foreign leaders tour the exhibition venue of the first China International Import Expo in Shanghai. courtesy of
Japan's NACHI Group displays its SRA spot welding robots at the intelligent and high- end equipment exhibition zone of the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai. The CIIE offered an ideal platform for global cuttingedge high-tech equipment manufacturers to showcase their products to China and the world at large. by Xu Xun
Models of China's Fuxing bullet train on display at the China Pavilion during the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai. Themed “innovative, coordinated, green, open and shared development,” the China Pavilion at the CIIE demonstrated China's remarkable achievements in development over the four decades of reform and opening up as well as the new opportunities brought by the Belt and Road Initiative to the world. by Chen Jian