The Central People's Government of the People's Republic of China

11/22/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/21/2018 18:30

Xi’s Asia-Pacific trip to boost open cooperation, inclusive growth

MANILA - On Nov 21, President Xi Jinping concluded a seven-day Asia-Pacific trip with reaffirmed Chinese commitment to open and inclusive cooperation, common development as well as a friendly neighborhood.

From Nov 15 to 21, 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.

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.

PROMOTING OPEN, INCLUSIVE ASIA-PACIFIC COOPERATION

While attending the APEC meeting, Xi offered China's wisdom and approaches to achieving economic development and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region and the world at large, amid increasing economic instability and uncertainty and other global challenges, 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.