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Xi Jinping Attends the 30th APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting and Delivers Important Remarks

2023-11-18 23:55

On the morning of November 17, 2023 local time, the 30th APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting was held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, the United States. President Xi Jinping attended the meeting and delivered important remarks entitled "Staying True to APEC Founding Mission and Enhancing Unity and Cooperation to Jointly Promote High-Quality Growth in the Asia-Pacific".

Xi Jinping pointed out that since the establishment of the economic leaders' regular meeting mechanism, APEC has always stood at the global forefront of openness and development. It has played a robust role in promoting Asia-Pacific trade and investment liberalization and facilitation, economic growth and technological progress, and the flow of goods and people. It has helped create the "Asia-Pacific miracle" that has staggered the world. In the world today, changes on a scale unseen in a century are unfolding at an accelerating pace. The world economy faces multiple risks and challenges. The Asia-Pacific region, which is an engine of global growth, thus has greater responsibility in these times. Xi Jinping said, "We, the leaders of Asia-Pacific economies, must think very hard as to what kind of Asia-Pacific region we should have by the middle of this century, what we should do to usher in another 'golden 30 years' for the region, and how we can bring out the best of APEC in this process."

Xi Jinping stressed that "We must remain steadfast in our commitment to APEC's founding mission. We must respond to the calls of our times responsibly and meet global challenges together. We must fully deliver on the Putrajaya Vision of building an open, dynamic, resilient and peaceful Asia-Pacific community for the prosperity of all our people and future generations."

First, staying committed to innovation-driven development. All should more proactively promote exchanges and cooperation in science and technology, and work together for an open, fair, equitable and non-discriminatory environment for scientific and technological progress. All should accelerate digital transformation, narrow the digital divide, support the application of big data, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, quantum computing and other new technologies, and create new momentum and new drivers of growth in the Asia-Pacific region. China has put forward a number of initiatives for promoting growth and development in the region through digital empowerment, such as digital technology-driven rural development, corporate digital identity, and transition to a green and low-carbon economy through the application of digital technologies.

Second, staying committed to openness in development. All must promote free and open trade and investment, support and strengthen the WTO-centered multilateral trading regime, and keep global industrial and supply chains open and stable. All must say no to any attempt to politicize, weaponize, or impose security implications on economic and trade issues. All must remain unwavering to promote regional economic integration, and accelerate the building of a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific. The third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation that China hosted was a success, injecting fresh impetus into global connectivity and the building of an open world economy.

Third, staying committed to green development. All must continue to promote harmony between man and nature, accelerate the transition to green and low-carbon development, and see to it that reducing carbon emissions and mitigating pollution operate in parallel with expanding green transition and promoting economic growth, making "green" a defining feature of Asia-Pacific growth. China remains as determined as ever to pursue green development that prioritizes eco-environmental conservation and protection. China is making active yet prudent moves toward its goal of carbon peak and carbon neutrality. China has put forward initiatives for cooperation between APEC member economies in green agriculture, sustainable city development, green and low-carbon energy transition, and marine pollution control and prevention. All such initiatives aim to build a clean and beautiful Asia-Pacific region.

Fourth, staying committed to inclusive development that delivers benefits to all. All must fully implement the U.N. 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and put development back on the international agenda as a central priority. All need to develop greater synergy in development strategies and work together to resolve the global development deficit. China welcomes participation by all parties in the Global Development Initiative to deepen cooperation in poverty reduction, food security, industrialization and development financing and build a global community of development so that the fruits of modernization are shared by people across the world. China will continue to support APEC in its economic and technical cooperation and work together with other member economies to make the "cake" of Asia-Pacific development bigger.

Xi Jinping emphasized that China is advancing the noble cause of building a great country and national rejuvenation on all fronts through a Chinese path to modernization. China will remain committed to the path of peaceful development, and continue to pursue high-quality development and high-standard opening up. Chinese modernization will bring the world more and greater opportunities for the modernization of all countries. China is ready to work with all other parties for new success in Asia-Pacific cooperation and for another "golden 30 years" of the region.

The meeting was chaired by U.S. President Joe Biden under the theme of "Creating a Resilient and Sustainable Future for All".

The meeting released the "2023 APEC Leaders' Golden Gate Declaration".

Wang Yi was present at the meeting.

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