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Xi addresses APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2020-11-20 21:05
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Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech at the 27th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting via video link, in Beijing, Nov 20, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

President Xi Jinping delivered a speech at the 27th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Economic Leaders' Meeting via video link in Beijing on Friday.

Here are some highlights from his speech:

Building an Asia-Pacific community with shared future

Asia-Pacific economies should fully implement the APEC internet and digital economy roadmap, promote the dissemination and application of new technologies, improve the digital infrastructure, and bridge digital divide.

APEC members should jointly build an Asia-Pacific community with a shared future featuring openness, inclusiveness, innovation-driven growth, greater connectivity and mutually beneficial cooperation.

The Asia-Pacific region should take the lead and help make economic globalization more open, inclusive and balanced so that its benefits are shared by all.

Asia-Pacific economies should properly manage differences and disagreements, and keep the Asia-Pacific cooperation in the right direction to ensure the long-term and steady development of the APEC.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and other leaders and representatives from member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) pose for a group photo while launching the "APEC Putrajaya Vision 2040" via video link on Nov 20, 2020. Xi delivered a speech at the 27th APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting on Friday in Beijing via video link. [Photo/Xinhua]

COVID-19 vaccines should be more accessible, affordable

Efforts should be made to make COVID-19 vaccines a global public good, and promote the vaccines' accessibility and affordability for developing countries.

Fighting COVID-19 is the most pressing task for Asia-Pacific economies at this very moment.

Mutual recognition of health information for COVID-19 control between countries should be promoted.

Closer regional economic integration

China will actively consider joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The Asia-Pacific region should move toward closer regional economic integration and build a free trade area of the Asia-Pacific at an early date.

The Asia-Pacific economic cooperation has never been zero-sum or you-lose-I-win political games, but a development platform for mutual support, mutual benefits and win-win results.

Cooperating on the basis of equality and handling differences on the basis of mutual respect are the foundation of Asia-Pacific economic development and prosperity.

Greater complementarity among the development plans and connectivity initiatives of different parties should be pursued to forge a bigger synergy.

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the 27th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting via video link, in Beijing, Nov 20, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

Inclusive and sustainable growth

APEC economies should build an open, fair, just, and non-discriminatory business environment.

Efforts should be made to continue implementing the APEC's strategy for high-quality development and its Action Agenda on Inclusion, accommodate concerns of developing members and promote inclusive and sustainable growth.

The Asia-Pacific region should continue the implementation of the APEC connectivity blueprint, ensure safe and orderly flows of personnel, goods, capital and data, and realize seamless integration of the Asia-Pacific region.

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the 27th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting via video link, in Beijing, Nov 20, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

China ready to work with other Asia-Pacific economies

China is willing to work with other Asia-Pacific economies to create and share the region's peaceful, prosperous and bright future, and march toward the target of building a community with a shared future for mankind.

China will host a seminar on poverty reduction through digital technologies in 2021 to facilitate poverty eradication in the Asia-Pacific region.

China is ready to work with all sides to advance high-quality Belt and Road cooperation.

China stands ready to work with all parties to advance the construction of "green lanes" for goods in an active and prudent manner.

China's case studies of smart city this year will promote the formulation of related guiding principles and provide a model for the development of innovation cities in the Asia-Pacific region.

China will host a seminar on advancing economic inclusion through trade and investment to look for suggestions on how trade and investment policies could deliver broader benefits to people.

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