Xi: Reform and innovation drive economic growth

( Xinhua )

Updated: 2013-10-08

BEIJING - Chinese President Xi Jinping has told a group of CEOs gathered in Bali that China's economy will continue to grow.

His remarks came on the final day of a summit for business leaders that was held on the sidelines of the APEC Leaders Meeting.

As the head of Asia's most robust economy, when Xi Jinping talks, business leaders listen. And as a CEO Summit of regional executives closed, President Xi laid out his vision for Asia-Pacific's economies.

"The Asia-Pacific has long been an important engine of world economic growth. To push forward a recovery at a time of a sluggish global economy, economies in the Asia-Pacific should have the courage to do what has never been done before." Chinese president Xi said.

Many CEOs attending the summit had expressed concern over Beijing's QUOTE "slowing growth." But a new study showed that nearly 70 percent of them plan to increase their investments in China in the coming years.

Speaking before Xi, the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, attempted to assure them: the entire region presented all sorts of opportunities.

Already twice this year, Russia has had to cut its growth forecast, as Moscow has struggled with waning investment and output.

Last week, the US overtook Russia as the world's largest gas-and-oil producer. A point highlighted by John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, standing in place for Barack Obama.

Meanwhile, Kerry tried to reassure business leaders that despite Obama's absence, Washington remained committed to region.

"I want to emphasize that there is nothing that'll shake the commitment of the United States to the rebalance to Asia that President Obama is leading. And I think it's fair to say to all of you that we are very very proud to be a Pacific nation." Kerry said.


President Xi visits Indonesia, Malaysia, attend APEC summit

Oct 2 to 3: Pay State Visit to Indonesia

Oct 4 to 5: Pay State Visit to Malaysia

Oct 6 to 8: Attend the 21st economic leaders' meeting of APEC forum and meet with global leaders in Bali, Indonesia


China's growth to benefit the world

With the US in a declining mode, the world needs a steadier China.

Thoughts after hearing Xi's speech

I was very happy to see that Xi Jinping did focus on trade and on the importance of Asia Pacific trade being cooperative and inclusive.