China’s Xi calls on BRICS to safeguard world peace, foster development


Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, and his wife Peng Liyuan, right, arrive at a reception hall during the BRICS Summit in southeastern China’s Fujian Province, Monday, Sept. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, Pool)

During the opening ceremony of the 2017 BRICS Summit, Chinese President Xi Jinping outlined China’s vision for the future. That vision encompasses issues ranging from trade to world peace.

CGTN’s Tang Bo reports.

As leaders from the five largest emerging economies gathered in Xiamen, President Xi called for cooperation in ushering in the second decade of BRICS. The Chinese leader said he hopes cooperation will benefit people of all countries.

“As the world undergoes profound complex changes, BRICS cooperation has become more important,” Xi said. “Our people expect us to jointly boost development and improve their well-being. The international community expects us to make contributions to world peace and common development. We must re-double our efforts to comprehensively deepen the BRICS partnership and usher in more golden decades of BRICS cooperation.”

The president suggested that all emerging markets and developing countries work to make “the pie of the global economy” bigger.

Xi pressed for contributions to global economic growth by building an open world economy, facilitating trade and investment, and making new global value chains.

In regards to global governance, Xi called on the bloc to shoulder responsibility for safeguarding world peace and seeking cooperation.

“We should speak with one voice and jointly present our solution to issues concerning international peace and development,” Xi urged. “This meets the expectations of the international community and will help safeguard our common interests. We should be committed to multilateralism and basic norms of governance of international relations. We should work for a new type of international relations, and foster a peaceful and stable environment for the development of all countries.”

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