Beijing: China is a staunch supporter of multilateralism

China is a resolute supporter, defender and practitioner of multilateralism, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a regular press briefing on Thursday. 

She was commenting on the remarks by Michael Moller, director-general of the United Nations Office at Geneva, who in a recent interview commended China for playing a key role in maintaining multilateralism in an increasingly divided world. 

Hua said when President Xi Jinping attended the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in 2017, he outlined China's approach to boost the world economy and move forward globalization and this had struck a cord around the globe. 

At this year's annual meeting of the Forum, Vice President Wang Qishan had further explained the Chinese perspective and proposals, she said.

Wang, Hua noted, reaffirmed China's insistence on comprehensive opening-up, further cooperation on the Belt and Road Initiative, and building a higher level inclusive world economy.

Increasing uncertainty and instability globally created an unprecedented need for the international community to safeguard multilateralism, the spokesperson said.

She also pledged that China will work to uphold multilateralism based on rules, build an open world economy and promote a community with a shared future for mankind.