Xi trip boosts As-Pac synergy


BEIJING, China– Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday concluded a seven-day Asia-Pacific trip with reaffirmed Chinese commitment to open and inclusive cooperation, common development as well as a friendly neighborhood.

Wang noticed an extensive support for Xi’s appeal for efforts from the APEC economies.

From15 to 21 November, Xi attended the 26th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting, paid state visits to Papua New Guinea (PNG), Brunei and the Philippines and met with leaders of the Pacific island countries that have diplomatic ties with China during his stay in PNG.

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said during the trip, Xi discussed approaches to regional economic integration with APEC members, planned strategic cooperation with Southeast Asian neighbors and envisioned sustainable development with Pacific island countries.

Xi’s trip highlighted the concept of a community with a shared future for mankind and helped deepen partnerships, boost the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) construction, enhance confidence in multilateralism and broaden the consensus on common development, Wang said.

Noting the world is at a critical juncture, Xi proposed focusing on openness, development, inclusiveness, innovation and a rules-based approach.

Wang noticed an extensive support for Xi’s appeal for efforts from the APEC economies to further integration and the construction of a regional free trade area, safeguard the multilateral trade system and boost freer flows of trade and investment, with consensus reached on enhanced connectivity, digitization, inclusive development and post-2020 cooperation, among other things, which deepens the Asia-Pacific cooperation.

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