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President Xi's emphasis on multilateralism significant for world to face challenges: FM

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By Global Times Published: Jan 26, 2021 06:13 PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping's speech at Davos Agenda, which mentioned pursuit of multilateralism many times, lays out a road for an increasingly complex world. Against the backdrop of global economic recession, Xi's speech has highlighted China's proposal for addressing global challenges, China's Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

"It shows Chinese wisdom and responsibility, and will promote re-building global trust, uniting global powers and achieve global consensus to jointly step into a community with a shared future for mankind," China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said at a press briefing in Beijing on Tuesday.

Zhao said that the proposal is made against the backdrop of a still raging pandemic, global economic recession, and emerging global challenges.

Xi attended the World Economic Forum (WEF) Virtual Event of the Davos Agenda and delivered a special address on Monday in Beijing via video link.

During the speech, Xi highlighted four major tasks facing the world, including promoting world economic growth, abandoning ideological prejudice, closing the divide between developed and developing countries, and coming together against global challenges.

Xi also noted that the key to addressing those issues lies in global cooperation, pursuing multilateralism and jointly build a community with a shared future for mankind.

The Chinese top leader elaborated on the meaning of multilateralism in today's world. That is to be committed to openness and inclusiveness instead of closeness and exclusion, be committed to international law and international rules instead of seeking one's own supremacy, be committed to consultation and cooperation instead of conflict and confrontation, and be committed to keeping up with the times instead of rejecting change.

Xi noted that China will carry out multilateralism in five ways, such as taking an active part in international cooperation on COVID-19, implementing a win-win strategy of opening-up and promoting sustainable development. The country will also continue to advance science, technology and innovation, and promote a new type of international relations.

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