A shared future, a shared view in Davos

Updated 2018-01-26 08:55:03 Xinhua

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a keynote speech at the opening of the 2017 annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 17, 2017. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

As thousands of global elites once again gathered at the World Economic Forum (WEF) held in the Alpine ski resort of Davos, Chinese President Xi Jinping's global vision for a shared future was actively shared among movers and shakers of this year's meeting.

One year ago, in two keynote speeches in Switzerland, Xi laid out his vision for a shared future that would see the international community work together to address numerous challenges facing mankind, demonstrating his efforts to search for an answer to such big questions as to where mankind is heading.

With this year's WEF themed creating a shared future in a fractured world, many speakers opened their arms to embrace a world that is experiencing stronger globalization and closer cooperation, echoing China's proposal for boosting global growth.

HOT TOPIC IN SNOW-CAPPED DAVOS

Liu He, China's top representative at WEF annual meeting this year, called on the international community to push for an economic globalization that is more open, inclusive, balanced, equitable and beneficial in his speech on Wednesday, echoing Xi's remarks last year.

"We should follow the general trend, proceed from our respective national conditions and embark on the right pathway of integrating into economic globalization with the right pace," Xi said in his Davos speech.

China will further integrate with international trade rules and increase market access. It will substantially open up the services and financial sectors and create a more attractive investment environment, Liu said.

"China will keep its door wide open and not close it," Xi told participants in last year's meeting.

Xi's speech is of historical significance, said WEF founder and Executive Chairman Klaus Schwab, who had said the speech was "very important" and "brought us some sunshine."

The year of 2018 should be the year of international collaboration and multilateralism, and let nationalists and protectionists be a "passing phase", the Swiss president Alain Berset said.

"Pursuing protectionism is like locking oneself in a dark room," Xi said last year, urging the world to share opportunities in an open global economy.

This year, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned that protectionism was resulting in new trade barriers and reduced investment across borders.

Schwab also said that "Our world has become fractured by increasing competition between nations and deep divides within societies. Yet the sheer scale of the challenges our world faces makes concerted, collaborative and integrated action more essential than ever."

BEACON TO GUIDE DIRECTION

Back in early 2017, the world was at a crossroad: To steer economic globalization or to dither in the face of challenges? To jointly enhance international cooperation or to go separate ways?

Xi's Switzerland tour was therefore highly expected to give China's answer towards those questions against the backdrop of an ever-changing international situation and the need to improve global governance.

"China's proposition is: build a community with a shared future for mankind and achieve shared and win-win development," Xi said at the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) last year, which won more than 30 rounds of ovation in his 47-minute speech.

Before his speech in Geneva, Xi delivered another keynote in Davos, saying that all countries enjoy the right to development. At the same time, they should view their own interests in a broader context and refrain from pursuing them at the expense of others.

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