H.E. Ambassador Ouyang Yujing attended the 34th Asia-Pacific Roundtable
2021/08/18

On August 17th, H.E. Ambassador Ouyang Yujing was invited to attend the 34th Asia-Pacific Roundtable (APR) and deliver speech titled “Hope around the corner, Road under the feet”.

 

 

In his speech, Ambassador Ouyang said that the year 2020 is a watershed in human history. Defeating the pandemic and restoring economic growth have become our common wish.

 

First, we must stick to solidarity to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic. The top priority is to make sure that vaccines being distributed around the world fairly and equitably. China has provided more than 770 million doses COVID-19 vaccines to other countries. On the First Meeting of the International Forum on COVID-19 Vaccine Cooperation, President Xi Jinping announced that China will strive to supply two billion COVID-19 vaccine doses to the world throughout this year and offer 100 million U.S. dollars to the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access (COVAX) facility. It is science and solidarity that we should pursue, not political manipulation or stigmatization. Unfortunately, however, one country has made every effort to politicize the pandemic, stigmatize the virus, and use origin-tracing as a tool. It even mobilizes intelligent agency to hype the "lab leak theory" which presumes guilty. The virus origin-tracing is a serious scientific issue. Scientists should be entitled to study the origins of the COVID-19 to better prevent future risks. Only when we unite can we truly defeat the virus.

 

Second, we must stick to solidarity to promote economic recovery. Going beyond the pandemic, we need to stick to opening-up and inclusiveness, deepen regional economic integration, and promote the liberalization and facilitation of trade and investment. We need to uphold green homeland and promote sustainable development. China will firmly pursue a green, low-carbon and sustainable development path, and work with international societies to tackle climate change. We need to seize opportunities from innovation and develop digital economy. We must boost the digital economy, further develop digital infrastructure, work for a digital business environment that is open, fair and non-discriminatory.

 

Third, we must stick to solidarity to break down barriers in our mind. The world is facing terrorism, climate change, food security, cyber security and other global issues. We should uphold true multilateralism, guard against the increasingly dangerous practices of creating imaginary enemies, stoking interstate division and building exclusive blocs. We should work together to promote dialogues of civilizations rather than clash of civilizations, to pursue win-win cooperation instead of a zero-sum game, and to build a community with a shared future for mankind.

 

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC). Over the past hundred years, the CPC has united and led the Chinese people in an unrelenting endeavor to achieve the tremendous transformation from standing up and growing prosperous to becoming strong. At present, China has effectively controlled the pandemic and keeps a good momentum of economic growth. China will stay committed to peaceful development, to openness and inclusiveness, and to multilateralism. We want “having friends in every corner of the world”.

 

Hope is just around the corner and road is under our feet. As long as we stick to solidarity, rise above differences in ideology, social system and development phase, uphold the common values of humanity, we will prevail over this outbreak and recover the economy, and jointly build an open, inclusive, clean and beautiful world that enjoys lasting peace, universal security and common prosperity.

 

 

The APR has been held annually since 1987 by the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia on behalf of the ASEAN-ISIS Network, widely recognized as one of the most influential regional strategic conference. The Director-General of the World Health Organisation Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus delivers opening remarks. Scholars and researchers from more than 10 countries all over the world discussed in different sessions of the APR. From Chinese side, Major General Qian Lihua, Vice Chair of Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) China, Dr. Wu Shicun, President of National Institute for South China Sea Studies (NISCSS), and Associate Research Fellow Xu Longdi from China Institute of International Studies (CIIS) attended the conference and delivered remarks.

 

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