Xi Jinping calls for global solidarity to tackle challenges, safeguard peace
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday called for global solidarity to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, promote economic recovery, and safeguard peace when addressing the third Paris Peace Forum via video link.
"Global threats and challenges require global responses," Xi said, underscoring growing instability and uncertainties in the world.
He called on the international community to "put people and life first," "respect science" and "give full play to the crucial leadership role of the World Health Organization" in the fight against the coronavirus.
"China will honor its commitment to make Chinese vaccines a global public good," he reiterated, adding that China will help developing countries enhance preparedness for public health emergencies.
"Together, we could build a global community of health for all," said the Chinese president.
The world should embrace openness and cooperation to promote economic recovery, he said, pledging that China will make joint efforts with other countries to keep the global industrial and supply chains stable and foster an open world economy.
Meanwhile, Xi stressed the need to promote green development and implement the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change.
"Not long ago, I announced China's initiative to scale up the nationally determined contributions to peak carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060," he said. "Implementation plans will be drawn up accordingly."
He emphasized that justice should be upheld to jointly safeguard world peace.
"We need to respect other countries' right to development and their independent choice of development paths and models," Xi said.
"China is committed to the path of peaceful development," he said.
The Paris Peace Forum was established at the initiative of French President Emmanuel Macron in 2018.
Noting that both China and France are permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, Xi said the two countries bear important responsibilities for world peace.
"We call on all countries to uphold international law and the basic norms governing international relations, determine their position on the merits of each matter, and rise above ideological bias and confrontation," he said.