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Zhang Gaoli Attends the Opening Ceremony of Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2017 and Delivers Keynote Speech

On March 25, 2017, Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli attended the opening ceremony of the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2017, and delivered a keynote speech entitled Join Hands to Push Forward Economic Globalization and Jointly Create a Bright Future for Asia and the World. Over 1,700 representatives from political and business circles and think tank scholars from 50 countries and regions attended the opening ceremony.

Zhang Gaoli noted in his speech that this January, President Xi Jinping's keynote speech delivered at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos a made a profound elaboration on economic globalization and charted the course for coping with current difficulties and challenges confronting the world economy as well as for promoting prosperity and progress of human society. Asian countries actively participate in economic globalization, which helps them to achieve leapfrog development and creates the Asian miracle; boost world economic growth, which provided the Asian opportunities; pave a modernization road with Asian characteristics, which accumulated the Asian experience. We should firmly grasp the general trend of the world, comply with the trend of the times, summarize Asian experience, carry forward the Asian wisdom, stand together to promote economic globalization and free trade and forge a community of common destiny for Asia and mankind.

Zhang Gaoli stressed that we should jointly adhere to peaceful development, establish and implement a common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security concept, and jointly safeguard the peaceful and stable development environment. We should vigorously advance innovative development, and draw impetus from innovation as well as vitality from reform based on the important consensus reached at the G20 Hangzhou Summit, so as to build a new innovative world economy. We should stand together to lead opening-up development, promote the construction of the value chains of shared benefits as well as a greater market of integrated interests, and build a network which is oriented to global economic cooperation and free trade. We should actively practice the concept of shared development; promote the economic globalization with more inclusiveness and shared-benefits, so as to push for the balanced development of the world. We should also strive to promote fair development, and propel the reform on global economic governance system, so as to provide strong guarantee for global economic growth.

Zhang Gaoli expressed that this year will embrace the 19th CPC National Congress, and it is also a significant year for China to implement the 13th Five-Year Plan and promote the supply-side structural reform. We will, under the firm leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core, advance the general allocation of the Five-in-One pattern and strategic layout of "Four Comprehensives" in a coordinated manner. We will uphold the keynote of seeking progress in stability, firmly establish and implement the new development concept, and make overall arrangements to stabilize growth, promote reform, adjust structure, benefit people's livelihood and prevent risks, so as to maintain a stable and healthy economic development as well as a harmonious and stable society.

Zhang Gaoli pointed out that China unswervingly pursues the opening-up strategy towards the outside. We will further ease restrictions on foreign investment, equally treat Chinese and foreign enterprises in terms of license applications, standards setting, government procurement and benefiting from the "Made in China 2025" policy, and implement the list control system in an all-round manner, so as to protect the legitimate rights and interests of the investors and make China's market more open, more regulated and more appealing. China stands ready to work with other countries, including Asian countries, to make new contributions to the cause of promoting peace and development for mankind. This May, China will hold in Beijing Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation to discuss major cooperation plans, establish cooperation platforms, and share the fruits of cooperation, so as to enable the "Belt and Road" initiative to better benefit the peoples of all countries.

At the opening ceremony, President Hery Rajaonarimampianina of Madagascar, President Peter Christian of the Federated States of Micronesia, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal of Nepal, President Hadi Muslim Yaar of the House of Elders of Afghanistan and Vice President Myint Swe of Myanmar delivered speeches successively.

Zhou Xiaochuan and Leung Chun-ying were present at the opening ceremony.

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