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Xi calls for joint steps toward recovery, financial stability


President urges developed countries to adopt responsible economic policies

President Xi Jinping has urged the major developed countries to adopt responsible economic policies amid a gloomy global economy, and warned them not to "slam on the brakes or take a U-turn" in their monetary policies, in order to contribute to global economic and financial stability.

Xi made the remarks on Monday in a special address to the 2022 World Economic Forum via video link from Beijing. He was invited by Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the WEF, to participate in the all-virtual Davos forum.

Xi also called on international economic and financial institutions to play a constructive role in building international consensus, strengthening policy coordination and guarding against systemic risks to help the world economy recover.

"Major developed countries should adopt responsible economic policies, manage policy spillovers, and avoid severe impacts on developing countries," Xi said.

He underlined the need to cope with risks to promote steady recovery of the world economy, saying that the risks of disrupted global industrial and supply chains, rising commodity prices and tight energy supplies compound to heighten the uncertainty about economic recovery.

Noting that the trend of economic globalization will not be stopped, he urged countries around the world to uphold true multilateralism, insist on removing barriers instead of erecting walls, and choose openness over seclusion and synergy over decoupling, in order to advance the building of an open world economy.

Xi called for reforming the global governance system based on the principle of fairness and justice, and safeguarding the multilateral trading system with the World Trade Organization at the core.

While calling for international solidarity and cooperation to jointly defeat COVID-19, he emphasized the need to ensure equitable distribution of vaccines and close the global immunization gap.

China has already sent over 2 billion doses of vaccines to more than 120 countries and international organizations, Xi said. "Still, China will provide another 1 billion doses to African countries, including 600 million donated doses, and will also donate 150 million doses to ASEAN countries."

In order to bridge the development divide worldwide, Xi called on countries around the world to participate in China's Global Development Initiative, a public good open to the whole world with a view to forming synergy with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and boosting common development around the world.

He called for discarding a Cold War mentality and seeking peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation.

"History has proved time and again that confrontation does not solve problems; it only invites catastrophic consequences. Protectionism and unilateralism can protect no one; they ultimately hurt the interests of others as well as one's own. Even worse are the practices of hegemony and bullying, which run counter to the tide of history," he said.

"We should choose dialogue over confrontation, inclusiveness over exclusion, and stand against all forms of unilateralism, protectionism, hegemony or power politics."

In terms of China's economic development, Xi said the fundamentals of the Chinese economy, characterized by strong resilience, enormous potential and long-term sustainability, remain unchanged.

"We have every confidence in the future of China's economy," he added.

Xi reiterated that China remains committed to reform and opening-up, saying it will "deliver national treatment for foreign businesses and promote high-quality Belt and Road cooperation".

He also emphasized that the country will keep working toward its carbon peak and carbon neutrality goals to honor its commitment to the international community and to meet the demand of its high-quality development.

With the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games set to open next month, Xi said China will present streamlined, safe and splendid Games to the world.

Published : January 18, 2022

By : China Daily