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VP Wang sees multilateralism as 'inevitable'

By LI WENFANG and ZHENG CAIXIONG in Guangzhou | CHINA DAILY | Updated: 2019-12-02 07:35
Vice-President Wang Qishan speaks at the launch of the 2019 Imperial Springs International Forum in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, Dec 1, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]

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Vice-President Wang Qishan said on Sunday that China adheres to multilateralism and its peaceful development is not intended to replace others nor to expand and dominate the world, but to uphold the global governance concept of common consultation, co-construction and sharing, and to promote the democratization of international relations.

He was speaking at the launch of the 2019 Imperial Springs International Forum in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, attended by more than 260 former officials, heads of international organizations and academic and business leaders.

"Multilateralism is the inevitable choice of mankind, expanding cooperation and common development are the widespread demands of all countries in the world, and the practice of multilateralism with the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations as the core has yielded fruitful results," he said.

The forum, founded in 2014, has become a platform for comprehensive exchanges between China and the world. "China is not only a practitioner and defender of multilateralism, but also a beneficiary and promoter," he said.

China has always adhered to the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, extensively participated in international organizations and conventions, actively undertaken international responsibilities, adhered to WTO rules and made significant contributions to promoting the recovery and growth of the world economy, Wang said.

China opens up the market and proposes to build the Belt and Road Initiative to share China's development opportunities with the world, he said.

"China's adherence to peaceful development and firm support for multilateralism is to maintain its own development environment and benefit the world through its own development," Wang said.

Sustainable development is the "golden key" to open a new practice of multilateralism cooperation. China takes sustainable development as its national strategy, practices new development concepts, promotes high-quality economic development, coordinates the relationship among economy, society and environment, and forms a green development mode and lifestyle, he said.

China is willing to work with the international community to fully implement the 2030 agenda for sustainable development, actively participate in international cooperation on climate change, open up a new path of sustainable development, build an open and shared world economy, and build an inclusive and happy society and a beautiful home for people to live in harmony with nature, he added.

Many participants spoke in similar terms.

Vaira Vike-Freiberga, former Latvian president and president of World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid, said the international community must actively defend multilateralism, support the United Nations' essential multilateral system and take effective collective measures to strengthen global partnership.

Nathalie de Gaulle, great-granddaughter of former French president Charles de Gaulle, and president of green-tech developer NB-INOV, said China and France can do better work together in combining environment and technologies.

"We cannot do anything without the cooperation between countries," she said. "What we can do between France, the European Union and China together can actually change things and move in the right direction."

The two-day forum, organized by Australia China Friendship and Exchange Association, the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, Guangdong provincial government and World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid, aims to promote mutual understanding, consensus, and regional and global cooperation through the discussions on world peace, economic development and cultural exchanges.

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