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Xi calls for building open, dynamic, resilient and peaceful Asia-Pacific community

Updated 10:26, 18-Nov-2023

Chinese President Xi Jinping called for building an open, dynamic, resilient and peaceful Asia-Pacific community.

Xi made the remarks in his speech at the APEC Economic Leaders' Retreat on Friday in San Francisco, the United States.

APEC has played a robust role in promoting Asia-Pacific trade, investment liberalization, facilitation, economic growth and technological progress, as well as the flow of goods and people since the establishment of the economic leaders' regular meeting mechanism, according to Xi.

He urged the promotion of exchanges and cooperation in science and technology, acceleration of digital transformation, narrowing of the digital divide, and collaboration towards an open, fair, equitable and non-discriminatory environment for scientific and technological progress.

Xi advocated unwavering commitment to promoting regional economic integration, accelerating the establishment of a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific, implementing the APEC Connectivity Blueprint, and sharing in the opportunities of open regional development.

Additionally, he reiterated opposition to politicizing economic and trade issues, emphasizing the importance of collaboration with APEC member economies in green development and calling for building a clean and beautiful Asia-Pacific region.

In his speech, Xi expressed that China remains committed to peaceful development and stressed the importance of staying committed to inclusive development that delivers benefits to all.

"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," he said.

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