Xi Jinping: BRICS Summit will leave an enduring legacy with Xiamen
Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Madame Peng Liyuan hosted a welcoming banquet for leaders from the five BRICS countries, as well as Egypt, Guinea, Mexico, Tajikistan and Thailand and their spouses on Monday in Xiamen, southeast China's Fujian Province.
In a speech at the banquet, President Xi reviewed the development of the host city Xiamen. The development epitomizes China's policy of reform and opening up in cities like Xiamen, as well as in many other emerging markets and developing countries, Xi said.
He said the 9th BRICS Summit held in Xiamen would leave the city with an enduring legacy.
Xi also told emerging markets and developing countries to be confident for the future, as their nations have great people who are both talented and hard working, have the hope to put poverty and backwardness behind, aim to lead a happy life and constantly pursue fairness, justice, peace and development.
Xi also pointed to these shared aspirations and common pursuits as being what brings emerging markets and developing countries together as good friends and partners, despite the geographical distances.
“If we emerging markets and developing countries pull together, work hand in hand and help each other, we can perform miracles”, Xi mentioned in the speech.
The Chinese leader hoped the BRICS Summit in Xiamen would open a new gate for cooperation and development, usher in a second golden decade of BRICS cooperation and create a bright future for emerging markets and developing countries.
Earlier on Monday morning, Xi delivered a keynote speech at the plenary session of the annual BRICS Summit, saying China will set aside 500 million yuan (around 76 million US dollars) for economic and technological cooperation and exchanges among BRICS countries.
“BRICS” refers to five major emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The 9th BRICS Summit, under the theme of “BRICS: Stronger Partnership for a Brighter Future”, is being held in Xiamen from September 3 to 5 under China’s chairmanship.