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Hosting events develops abilities

By An Baijie | China Daily | Updated: 2017-10-22 07:46

By hosting a number of important international events during the past five years, China has adopted an active approach to diplomacy amid efforts to improve global governance, analysts said.

Since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in November 2012, the world's second-largest economy has successfully hosted a number of influential multinational events, such as the 2014 APEC Summit in Beijing, the 2016 G20 Summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, and the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation Beijing in May.

The latest international event hosted by China, the BRICS Summit, took place last month in the coastal city of Xiamen, Fujian province. Leaders of the five BRICS countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - and five representatives of other developing nations - Egypt, Mexico, Thailand, Tajikistan and Guinea - gathered to discuss measures to boost practical cooperation.

At least two important multilateral meetings are already on China's schedule in the coming two years: The Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit will be held in June next year and the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation will take place in 2019.

In early 2014, Foreign Minister Wang Yi raised the concept of "host diplomacy" while talking about China's hosting of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building in Asia Measures and the APEC meeting in the same year.

Jia Wenshan, a professor at the National Academy for Development and Strategy at Renmin University of China, said Beijing's approach to host diplomacy is infused with President Xi Jinping's concept of the Chinese Dream and a "community of shared destiny", which China is determined to realize.

Xi's ideas on global governance and his concept of new engines of globalization such as peace, openness and innovation are all aimed at erasing "the deficit of peace, the deficit of development, and the deficit of governance" in the world, he added.

Jin Yong, a professor of international relations at the Communication University of China, said the country is assuming its international responsibilities to promote common development through measures such as inviting a large number of developing nations to attend international events it hosts.

As one of the major contributors to global economic growth, China's innovative concepts on improving global governance and promoting global peace and common prosperity have gained wide recognition and support from other countries, he said.

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