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Posted on: Global Times-Xinhua, March 25th,2017
President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory letter to the opening ceremony of the 2017 annual conference of the Boao Forum for Asia, held in China’s Hainan Province Saturday morning.
Since its establishment 16 years ago, the Boao Forum for Asia has played an important role in building Asian consensus, promoting Asian cooperation and upgrading Asian influence, Xi noted.
The theme for this year’s conference is “Globalization and Free Trade: The Asian Perspectives.”
Xi said the theme reflected the attention on economic globalization paid by the international community, especially the Asian countries.
The president called upon attendees of the conference to pool their wisdom on solving the major problems faced by the world and regional economy, and jointly push forward a more dynamic, inclusive and sustainable economic globalization process.
Talking about economic globalization in a keynote speech at the opening ceremony, Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli asked the Asian countries to join hands in promoting economic globalization and free trade, and forging the community of common destiny for Asia and the mankind.
To achieve that goal, the Asian countries should promote a development mode featuring peace, innovation, openness, sharing and fairness, said Zhang.
What President Xi mentioned in his congratulatory letter showed that the global community, especially Asian countries and regions, pays close attention to issues brought about by economic globalization, and is determined to further advance globalization, Qi Mingyang, chairman of asset management firm Fortune Valley Capital Investment Group, told the Global Times on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of the Bo’ao Forum annual conference 2017 on Saturday.
“Asian countries and regions have endeavored to integrate with the global economic system in past years, and we have become a vital part of the world economy. But after the slowdown of the European economy, Brexit and the US presidential election, globalization took an unexpected turn-voices and movements related to deglobalization began to rise,” Qi said.
Given the current situation, globalization faces a number of short-term challenges, meaning China’s attitude is very important, as to some extent this represents the determination and attitude of the many countries and regions in Asia, Qi added.
“Globalization will move forward along a tortuous journey, and it is also a time for China to transform its economic structure and address problems brought about by high-speed development,” he noted.
“Globalization has delivered high value to all countries and regions around the world, and it will continue to do so,” Bernard Charles, president and CEO of France-based Dassault Systemes, told the Global Times.
Cooperation between countries and regions around the globe is important, and joint efforts should be made to address future challenges, he said.