Xi Jinping Delivers Keynote Speech at the Opening Ceremony of the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2021

On the morning of April 20, 2021, the opening ceremony of the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2021 was held in Boao Town, Hainan Province. President Xi Jinping delivered a keynote speech entitled "Pulling Together Through Adversity and Toward a Shared Future for All" via video link.

Xi Jinping pointed out this year marks the 20th anniversary of the Boao Forum, which has borne witness to the extraordinary journey of China, of Asia and of the world, and has exerted a significant influence in boosting development in Asia and beyond. Now, the combined forces of changes and a pandemic both unseen in a century have brought the world into a phase of fluidity and transformation. While we live in an age rife with challenges, it is also an age full of hope. Where should humanity go from here? What kind of future should we create for future generations? As we try to answer these important questions, it is crucial that we bear in mind the shared interests of mankind and make responsible and wise choices. China calls on all countries in Asia and beyond to answer the call of our times, defeat the pandemic through solidarity, strengthen global governance, and keep pursuing a community with a shared future for mankind.

- We need consultation on an equal footing to create a future of shared benefits. We need to uphold true multilateralism, and make the global governance system more fair and equitable. World affairs should be handled through extensive consultation, and the future of the world should be decided by all countries working together. What we need in today's world is justice, not hegemony. Big countries should behave in a manner befitting their status and with a greater sense of responsibility.

- We need openness and innovation to create a future of development and prosperity. We need to promote trade and investment liberalization and facilitation, deepen regional economic integration, and enhance supply, industrial, data and human resources chains, with a view to building an open world economy. Attempts to "erect walls" or "decouple" run counter to the law of economics and market principles. They would hurt others' interests without benefiting oneself.

- We need solidarity and cooperation to create a future of health and security. We must scale up information sharing and collective efforts, bolster international cooperation on COVID-19 vaccines, take comprehensive measures to improve global governance on public health security and work together for a global community of health for all. We need to advance international cooperation on climate change.

- We need commitment to justice to create a future of mutual respect and mutual learning. We must reject the cold-war and zero-sum mentality and oppose a new "Cold War" and ideological confrontation in whatever forms. In state-to-state relations, the principles of equality, mutual respect and mutual trust must be put front and center. We must advocate peace, development, equity, justice, democracy and freedom, which are common values of humanity, and encourage exchanges and mutual learning among civilizations.

Xi Jinping announced that once the pandemic gets under control, China will host the second Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations as part of our active efforts to promote inter-civilization dialogue in Asia and beyond.

Xi Jinping pointed out that the Belt and Road Initiative is a public road open to all, not a private path owned by one single party. Belt and Road cooperation pursues development, aims at mutual benefits, and conveys a message of hope. We will continue to work with other parties in high-quality Belt and Road cooperation, follow the principles of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, and champion the philosophy of open, green and clean cooperation, in a bid to make Belt and Road cooperation high-standard, people-centered and sustainable. We will build a closer partnership for health cooperation, a closer partnership for connectivity, a closer partnership for green development, and a closer partnership for openness and inclusiveness, so to contribute positively to the common prosperity of humankind.

Xi Jinping stressed that the year 2021 marks the centenary of the Communist Party of China (CPC). The CPC has kept pursuing happiness for the Chinese people, rejuvenation for the Chinese nation, and the common good for the world. China will continue to play its part in building world peace, promoting global development, and defending international order. China will stay committed to peace, development, cooperation and mutual benefit, and promote a new type of international relations. However strong it may grow, China will never seek hegemony, expansion, or a sphere of influence. Nor will China ever engage in an arms race. China will take an active part in multilateral cooperation on trade and investment, continue to develop the Hainan Free Trade Port, and develop new systems for a higher-standard open economy. All are welcome to share in the vast opportunities of the Chinese market.

Xi Jinping said at last that by setting sail together, we could ride the wind, break the waves, and brave the journey of ten thousand miles. We may at times encounter stormy waves and dangerous rapids, but as long as we pool our efforts and keep to the right direction, the giant vessel of human development will stay on an even keel and sail toward a brighter future.

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