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Xi Jinping Delivers a Video Speech at the Opening Ceremony of the 2021 Imperial Springs International Forum

2021-12-06 14:15

On December 5, 2021, President Xi Jinping delivered a speech at the opening ceremony of the 2021 Imperial Springs International Forum in Beijing via video link.

Xi Jinping stressed that in today's world, humankind is experiencing multiple crises that are rarely seen. In the face of emerging global issues and challenges, we should adhere to the principle of openness, inclusiveness, consultation and cooperation, uphold and safeguard multilateralism, and actively build a community with a shared future for mankind.

We need to pull together in solidarity and act on true multilateralism. Multilateralism is essentially about having international affairs managed by all parties through consultation and the future of the world decided by all countries working together. It is important to uphold the international system with the United Nations at its core, the international order underpinned by international law and the basic norms of international relations based on the purposes and principles of the UN Charter. It is also important to promote humanity's common values of peace, development, equity, justice, democracy and freedom.

We need to keep up with the times and improve the global governance system. It is important to adapt to the changing international landscape and reform and improve the global governance system on the basis of extensive consultation and consensus-building. It is also important to keep to the overall direction of advancing democracy in international relations, increasing the representation and voice of developing countries in international relations, and steering the global governance system toward greater justice and equity.

We need to take more actions to follow through with the global cooperation agenda. I hope all parties will take an active part in the Global Development Initiative that I proposed, which aims to build a global community of development with a shared future. It is important for all to commit to development as a priority, advance cooperation on poverty alleviation, COVID-19 response and vaccines, development financing, green transition and connectivity, and usher global development into a new stage of balanced, coordinated and inclusive growth.

Xi Jinping stressed that one important piece of historical experience gained from the endeavors of the Communist Party of China, which celebrated its centenary this year, is to maintain a global vision and bear in mind the future of humanity. China's determination to support multilateralism will not change. China will firmly stand by the core values and basic principles of multilateralism, pursue mutual benefit, seek common ground while reserving differences, uphold fairness and justice, promote development through cooperation, and contribute its wisdom and strength to the progress of human civilization.

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