Keynote Speech by Li Qiang at the Opening Ceremony of the 2023 Annual Conference of the Boao Forum for Asia (full text)
Guided by the concept of a community with a shared future for mankind
Inject more certainty into world peace and development
——Keynote Speech at the Opening Ceremony of the 2023 Annual Conference of the Boao Forum for Asia
(March 30, 2023, Boao, Hainan)
Premier Li Qiang of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China
Respected Heads of Government,
Respected heads of international organizations,
Distinguished members of the Boao Forum for Asia,
Ladies and gentlemen, friends
It is a great pleasure to be here with you on the beautiful Hainan Island to attend the 2023 annual meeting of the Boao Forum for Asia. First of all, on behalf of the Chinese government, I would like to extend warm congratulations on the convening of the annual conference! Sincere welcome to all guests! I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to everyone for their long-term care and support for China’s development!
The theme of this annual meeting is “An Uncertain World: Uniting and Cooperating to Meet Challenges, Opening and Inclusive to Promote Development”, which is in line with the current situation and concerns of all parties and has strong practical significance. In today’s world, changes are intertwined, and human society is facing unprecedented challenges. Instability, uncertainty, and unpredictability have become the norm. In this uncertain upheaval, people are eager to have more and stronger deterministic forces to push the world towards a better future.
Over the past 10 years, China has promoted the construction of a community with a shared future for mankind through practical actions, and has achieved a series of significant practical results. In particular, the high-quality joint construction of the “the Belt and Road” has driven the majority of developing countries to accelerate their development and expanded new space for the world economy. At the same time, we have also made fruitful efforts in advocating political solutions to crises, resolving international hotspot issues, promoting peace talks, and turning confrontation into friendship, demonstrating the responsibility of a responsible major country. These are vivid practices of the concept of a community with a shared future for mankind. Facts have proven that the concept of a community with a shared future for mankind has become a banner that leads the trend of the times and human progress, and a source of certainty for promoting lasting peace and common prosperity in the world.
Now, Asia and the world are at the crossroads of historical evolution. We should hold high the banner of the concept of a community with a shared future for mankind, work together to build a community with a shared future for Asia, create an anchor for world peace and stability, a source of growth momentum, and a new highland for cooperation, inject more certainty into world peace and development, and strive to create a better future for humanity.
First, jointly safeguard a peaceful and stable development environment and inject more certainty into the volatile international situation. Peace is a prerequisite for development. In the past few decades, Asia’s remarkable development achievements have been inseparable from the overall peaceful and stable environment; In order to achieve greater development in Asia in the future, there must be no chaos or war, otherwise the future will be cut off. The Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence and the “Bandung Spirit”, born nearly 70 years ago, are the crystallization of the wisdom of the Asian people; The “Asian approach”, based on the important principles of mutual respect, consensus, and caring for the comfort of all parties, provides a basic basis for the development of cooperation among countries. The more volatile the world situation is, the more we must cherish these precious treasures and resolutely safeguard the hard-won peace situation. We should always adhere to good neighborliness and friendship, support ASEAN’s central position in regional cooperation in East Asia, share safety and danger, share a common destiny, and ensure lasting peace and stability in Asia. We must implement the Global Security Initiative, adhere to a common, comprehensive, cooperative, and sustainable security concept, oppose the abuse of unilateral sanctions and “long arm jurisdiction”, oppose the selection of sides, group confrontation, and the “new cold war”, adhere to resolving differences and disputes between countries through peaceful means, and jointly safeguard peace and tranquility in the world.
Second, jointly create a more dynamic growth center and inject more certainty into the recovery of the world economy. With nearly 60% of the world’s population, nearly 40% of its total economic output, and over 30% of international trade, Asia is the “ballast stone” and “propeller” of the world economy. We need to implement the global development initiative, seize the opportunities of a new round of technological revolution and industrial transformation, create new growth poles in cooperation fields such as the digital economy and green economy, and make Asia a “driving force” for the recovery and development of the world economy. We need to deepen regional economic integration, strengthen macro policy coordination, implement the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement with high quality, actively promote the negotiation of the China ASEAN Free Trade Area Version 3.0, build a regional production division system that complements each other’s advantages and win-win cooperation, and promote the formation of a more open regional market. We should build an open world economy, jointly build the “the Belt and Road” with high quality, promote the liberalization and facilitation of global trade and investment, oppose trade protectionism and “decoupling and disconnection”, ensure the stability and smoothness of the global industrial chain supply chain, and inject strong momentum into the development of the world economy.
Third, jointly expand effective ways of solidarity and cooperation, and inject more certainty into profoundly changing global governance. The world today is a global village, and the future and destiny of countries are closely linked. Many global issues we face need to be discussed and resolved together. Last year, Asian countries successfully hosted the BRICS Leaders’ Meeting, the East Asian Cooperation Leaders’ Series Meeting, the G20 Leaders’ Summit, and the APEC Leaders’ Informal Meeting, which played an important role in improving global governance. We should adhere to the global governance concept of joint discussion, construction, and sharing, actively participate in the reform and construction of the global governance system, firmly uphold the international system with the United Nations at its core and the international order based on international law, continuously deepen cooperation in fields such as food, energy, ecological and environmental protection, disaster prevention and mitigation, climate change, and poverty reduction, jointly send a strong voice of the times for peace and development, and jointly release a positive signal of upholding multilateralism, Promote the development of the global governance system towards a more just and reasonable direction.
Fourth, jointly promote deeper and deeper people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and inject more certainty into the integration and symbiosis of different civilizations. Asia is a representative of the diversity of civilizations, with different civilizations complementing each other. At the same time, Asian countries are at different stages of development, and most countries are still developing countries. Each country has its own unique historical culture and specific national conditions. We are willing to work with all parties to implement the Global Civilization Initiative and strive to create a new situation of people-to-people and cultural exchanges, cultural integration, and people-to-people communication. We should adhere to mutual respect and trust, openness and inclusiveness, respect the development path independently chosen by various countries, and oppose the “clash of civilizations” theory and ideological confrontation. We should promote the common values of all mankind, strengthen exchanges in areas such as culture, education, health, youth, and the media, enhance understanding and trust through sincere communication, appropriately address differences and issues through seeking common ground while reserving differences, and create a model for the integration and symbiosis of different civilizations.
Ladies and gentlemen, friends!
As the largest developing country in the world, China’s development itself has world significance. While doing our best, we actively comply with the trend of the times of peace, development, cooperation, and win-win results. We have always been a builder of world peace, a contributor to global development, and a defender of the international order. China has created two wonders: rapid economic development and long-term social stability, which in itself is a contribution to the world. It can be said that in an uncertain world, China’s certainty is the mainstay of maintaining world peace and development. This is true in the past, and even more so in the future and present.
In the future, China’s development goals and prospects are determined. The 20th National Congress of the CPC, held in October last year, outlined the blueprint for China’s future development, and clearly stated that by the middle of this century, the central task of the CPC is to unite and lead the people of all ethnic groups in the country to comprehensively build a strong socialist modernization country, achieve the second century goal, and comprehensively promote the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation with Chinese path to modernization. The modernization that China wants to build is a modernization with a huge population, common prosperity for all people, coordination of material and spiritual civilization, harmonious coexistence between human beings and nature, and a path of peaceful development. We will never achieve modernization through war, colonization, plunder, and other means. We will definitely use peace and development to bring more than 1.4 billion people into a modern society as a whole, which will bring strong momentum to economic growth in Asia and the world. Completing this central task requires a long and sustained struggle. In this process, no matter what changes take place in the world, we will always adhere to the reform and opening up, innovation driven, not only continuously inject new impetus and vitality into the entire world economic development, but also let the world share the opportunities and dividends of China’s development. I believe that a long-term stable and dedicated China, a down-to-earth and courageous China, and a confident, open, and willing to share China must be a huge force for world prosperity and stability.
From the current perspective, the momentum and momentum of China’s economic growth are strong. In the first two months of this year, China’s economy has shown a recovery trend, with major economic indicators such as consumption and investment improving. Employment prices are generally stable, and market expectations have significantly improved. The manufacturing purchasing manager index has continuously stood above the boom and bust line. Several international organizations have raised their expectations for China’s economic growth this year. Realistic scenarios may be more persuasive than statistical data. Taking Hainan Island, where the Boao Forum is located, as an example, the tourism industry has changed from a “golden week” during the Spring Festival to a “golden month” and “golden season”. It has always been a crowded place for tourists, and the sales of duty-free goods on outlying islands have continued to be hot. This fully reflects the strong resilience, potential, and vitality of China’s economy, reflecting the long-term fundamentals of China’s economic development, and also reflects the scientific and effective policies and measures for China’s economic and social development. In the next step, we will continue to adhere to the principle of maintaining stability and seeking progress while maintaining stability, consolidate and expand the recovery trend of the economy, and promote the continuous overall improvement of economic performance; We will organically combine the implementation of the strategy of expanding domestic demand with deepening the structural reform of the supply side, and continue to expand the scale of the Chinese market; We will introduce new measures in expanding market access, optimizing the business environment, and ensuring the implementation of projects. We will continuously optimize the institutional environment for state-owned enterprises to dare to do business, private enterprises to dare to venture, and foreign enterprises to dare to invest; We will effectively prevent and defuse major risks, especially to maintain the overall stability of China’s financial operation, and firmly hold the bottom line of avoiding systemic risks. “We are confident in our ability to promote the giant ship of China’s economy to ride the wind and waves, achieve stability and make greater contributions to the development of the world economy.”.
Ladies and gentlemen, friends!
This year, there is also an “Asian event”, that is, the 19th Asian Games will be held in Hangzhou in the golden autumn season. The epidemic has delayed the meeting and made us look forward to it even more. From the ends of the earth to the shores of Xizi Lake, there are many beautiful places in open China. Welcome to take a walk and have a look. Where there is scenery, there must be a new economy, and there will also be many mutually beneficial and win-win cooperation opportunities. I believe that as long as we join hands, unite and cooperate to meet challenges, and promote development through openness and inclusiveness, we will definitely bring more certainty to Asia and the world, and we will definitely create a better future for human society!
Finally, I wish the Boao Forum for Asia 2023 annual meeting a complete success!
Thank you all!