In his speech, Xi reiterated the proposition to build a broad community of shared interests by upholding and growing an open world economy, creating an environment that will facilitate opening up and development, and establishing a fair, equitable and transparent system of international trade and investment rules.
The Chinese stance and proposition delivered by Xi were praised by the delegates and the international community, Zhong said, adding that the newly-launched initiative on trade connectivity was also seen as a step to pool wide consensus, deepen economic and trade cooperation and push forward the Belt and Road construction with joint efforts.
The minister elaborated three aspects that will be prioritized when implementing the plan.
First of all, Belt and Road should be built into an open route by persisting on the Silk Road spirit, working together through consultation to meet the interests of all, putting head together and pooling consensus, he said.
The route is scheduled to be constructed on an open platform to promote cooperation and build an open world economy, Zhong explained.
The second is to explore new growth engines for trade and investment, expand space and update ways for trade and investment, unleash potentials for cooperation to facilitate trade and investment growth, as well as solve bottlenecks confronted by economic growth and balance, Zhong continued.
The third is to give full play to the role of trade in boosting economic growth, maintain the multilateral trade system, accelerate the construction of free trade zones, push ahead with free and convenient trade and investment, and seek an open, inclusive, all-benefited, action balanced and win-win economic globalization, the minister added.
The initiative, as an important outcome document to gather strength, seek for the truth and deal with concrete challenges, will lead the world to forge ahead, the minister pointedout.
As one important outcome of the forum, the initiative has up to now received a response from more than 60 countries and international organizations, and will embrace more participants and supporters in future, Zhong said.
The positive momentum indicates the common wish of the participants to support economic globalization and promote free and convenient trade and investment, he added.
It has also demonstrated China’s rising international status and influence as well as the popularity of the Belt and Road Initiative among the international community, the minister concluded.
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