Xi Jinping Meets with Foreign Guests Attending 2017 Imperial Springs International Forum
2017/11/30

On November 30, 2017, President Xi Jinping met at the Great Hall of the People with members of the World Leadership Alliance, who were in China for the 2017 Imperial Springs International Forum.

Xi Jinping emphatically introduced China's development path, as well as China's principles and propositions of participating in global governance, and listened to the speeches delivered by representatives of distinguished foreign guests.

Xi Jinping pointed out that China's development path refers to the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics, which is a choice of the history and of the people. After the founding of the People's Republic of China, especially since the implementation of the reform and opening-up policy nearly 40 years ago, many earth-shaking changes have taken place in China. Today, China is the second largest economy in the world, with the lives of 1.3 billion people being continuously improved as well as more than 700 million people being lifted out of poverty. Practice is the sole criterion for testing truth. China's historical achievements have strengthened our confidence in adhering to the road, theory, system and culture of socialism with Chinese characteristics. I pointed out in the report to the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) that after decades of development, socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era. The principal contradiction facing Chinese society has evolved into the contradiction between unbalanced and inadequate development and the people's ever-growing needs for a better life. In the past, we worked to resolve the problem of insufficient development; while now we are striving hard to improve the quality. We must focus on improving the quality and efficiency of development to better meet the ever-growing needs of our people in many aspects and further promote the well-rounded human development and common prosperity for all the people. By 2050, we will build China into a great modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious, and beautiful.

Xi Jinping pointed out that the 19th CPC National Congress made a comprehensive deployment to the economic construction, political construction, cultural construction, social construction and the construction of ecological civilization in China. We have proposed to stick to the people-centered philosophy of development and further implement the new concept of development featuring innovation, coordination, green, openness, and sharing. We are ready to vigorously encourage the creativity of the entire society and continuously release the vitality of development through deepening reform in all areas. We will implement the policy of opening up to the outside world at a higher level, so as to push for a new pattern of all-round opening up. China will never shut down its door but open it wider. We have a grand but simple goal which, in a word, is to make all Chinese people lead a better life and we all have full confidence in achieving our goal.

Xi Jinping emphasized that China has always proposed that people of all countries have the right to choose their own development paths. There is no universal development path in the world. If things are all the same, the development of things and the progress of the world will cease. It is the people of a country that are best placed to judge whether the development path they have chosen for themselves is suitable or not. China respects the diversity of civilizations and advocates exchanges and mutual learning. China is willing to strengthen exchanges of experience on state governance and administration with other countries and draw on each other's strengths to compensate for the weaknesses and to make further progress together.

Xi Jinping pointed out that the world is a global village where all the countries go through thick and thin together with mutual interdependence. China will promote the building of a new type of international relations and the building of a community with a shared future for mankind, which are the goals of China's diplomacy in the new era it pursues, as well as the direction toward which all countries around the world should strive for. To promote the building of this new type of international relations means to uphold mutual respect, fairness and justice, and win-win cooperation while abandoning the law of the jungle that leaves the weak at the mercy of the strong, as well as to explore a new path of state-to-state exchanges with dialogue rather than confrontation, forming partnership rather than alliance. To promote the building of a community with a shared future for mankind is to build an open, inclusive, clean, and beautiful world that enjoys lasting peace, universal security, and common prosperity. The Chinese Dream has embodied the greatest common divisor of the Chinese people's common pursuit for a better life, and the community with a shared future for mankind has represented the greatest common divisor of all peoples in the world for peace, development and prosperity.

Xi Jinping stressed that with a population of over 1.3 billion people, China has maintained long-term and stable development, which contributes to the building of a community with a shared future for mankind. China will always remain committed to the path of peaceful development, and will never embark on a path that a strong country is bound to seek hegemony. China firmly pursues an independent foreign policy of peace, upholds international fairness and justice, opposes to impose one's will on others, objects to the interference in the internal affairs of other countries, and stands against to the strong bullying the weak. China's cooperation with the rest of the world and the promotion of the joint construction of the "Belt and Road" never add conditions that may interfere in the internal affairs of other countries. China will work actively to develop global partnerships, expand the convergence points of common interests with other countries, continue facilitating coordination and cooperation among major countries, deepen its relations with neighboring countries, and step up unity and cooperation with developing countries. China will uphold its basic national policy of opening up to the outside world.

Xi Jinping highlighted that China will be more actively involved in the global governance, uphold sovereign equality, fairness and justice, stick to the principle of extensive consultation, joint contribution, shared benefits and win-win cooperation, adhere to the multilateralism, maintain stability, and make steady progress to carry out reform and innovation. While following the principle of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, China has actively advanced the "Belt and Road" initiative to build up a new platform for cooperation among countries, achieve advantage complementarity and facilitate win-win cooperation. China strives to promote peace talks, advances the political settlement process of the international hotspot and difficult issues, actively participates in the UN peacekeeping operations, and commits to implementing the Paris Agreement and the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. China will make greater contributions to safeguarding world peace and stability and promoting global development and prosperity.

Xi Jinping pointed out that the old and new friends in the World Leadership Alliance come from the five continents, and have done a great deal of work to boost exchanges and cooperation between China and other countries, for which I highly appreciate. It is hoped that all of you can give full play to your own advantages to contribute your wisdom for China's development and to promote mutual understanding and friendship between the Chinese people and people of all countries.

Former President of Latvia and President of World Leadership Alliance Vaira Vike-Freiberga, former Prime Minister of Italy and former President of the European Commission Romano Prodi, former President Ricardo Lagos of Chile, former President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama of Japan, and President of Australia-China Relationship Association Zhou Zerong delivered speeches in succession. They extended their congratulations on the successful hosting of the 19th CPC National Congress. They expressed that China, in the new era, will bring more benefits to the international community. China's achievements have attracted worldwide attention, and China has become a leading force in global economy and served as a major force in promoting world multi-polarization, exerting increasingly important influence on global affairs. China has strived to promote globalization toward a more balanced and inclusive direction, advanced world prosperity, remained committed to the international cooperation in climate change, and provided support for developing countries. China's development experience is highly conducive to developing countries. The "Belt and Road" initiative and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank proposed by China have built bridges for cooperation between China and all parties and offered more opportunities. Against the current situation, the international community hopes to hear more about China's proposals and plans, and expects to strengthen exchanges and cooperation in such areas as economy, trade, people-to-people and cultural engagement, so as to achieve win-win results.

Before the meeting, Xi Jinping shook hands with all foreign guests one by one and took a group photo with them.

Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, Member of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee and Director of the General Office of the CPC Central Committee Ding Xuexiang, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress Wang Chen, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Director of General Office of the Central Leading Group for Financial and Economic Affairs Liu He, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and State Councilor Yang Jiechi, and others attended the meeting.

The "Imperial Springs International Forum" was co-founded by the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and Australia-China Relationship Association in 2014. Former political heavyweights from various countries, well-known experts and scholars, business leaders and other people from all walks of life are invited to attend the forum. Themed with "Global Governance and China's Perspective", the "2017 Imperial Springs International Forum" was held in Guangzhou from November 28 to 30.

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