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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on January 19, 2021
2021-01-19 21:29

Invited by Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, President Xi Jinping will attend in Beijing via videoconference the World Economic Forum's Davos Agenda dialogue meeting on January 25 and deliver a special address.

CCTV: As you just announced, President Xi will attend the Davos Agenda event of the World Economic Forum. What's China's expectations of this event and what messages will you send to the world?

Hua Chunying: President first attended the World Economic Forum annual meeting in January, 2017. At the opening session, he delivered a keynote speech titled Jointly Shoulder Responsibility of Our Times, Promote Global Growth. He talked in a comprehensive manner about China's views and propositions on economic globalization and voiced strong support for economic globalization, eliciting a warm response from the international community. Many still recall his brilliant remarks. "Whether you like it or not, the global economy is the big ocean that you cannot escape from." "Pursuing protectionism is like locking oneself in a dark room." President Xi's keynote speech was indeed of monumental significance.

It is a general view of the international community that what we are facing today is similar to the situation at the beginning of 2017. As the COVID-19 pandemic is still spreading, the world economy fell into a deep recession and global challenges continuously emerge, humanity is again at a crossroads. We believe this dialogue meeting will help consolidate global consensus, rebuild mutual trust, boost cooperation, pool ideas and contribute to the resolution of global issues.

Under the current circumstances, it is of great significance that President Xi attends and addresses the meeting. China is committed to safeguarding and practicing multilateralism, fostering an open world economy, working toward a more open, inclusive, balanced economic globalization that benefits all, and building a community with a shared future for mankind. Against the backdrop of the pandemic, we will also contribute more Chinese wisdom and strength to international anti-epidemic cooperation, world economic recovery, resolving global challenges and improving global governance.

Hubei TV: Yesterday Chinese authorities released detailed information on the national economic performance in 2020, showing GDP exceeding a historic 100 trillion yuan mark. We noted many positive comments from foreign media, but there are a few who noted that the 2.3 percent GDP growth is the lowest in over four decades. I wonder if you have any comment?

Hua Chunying: Yesterday the National Bureau of Statistics released detailed information on the national economic performance in 2020, showing GDP exceeding a historic 100 trillion yuan mark. The big news captured much attention at home and abroad. The focus of major international media agencies including Reuters and AP is that against the surging COVID-19 and the worst economic recession since WWII, China's economy rapidly recovered and achieved robust growth, making the country the only major economy to register positive growth last year, with growth rate beating analyst expectations from many institutions.

This is indeed a hard-won achievement. As you've all witnessed, the year 2020 saw the Chinese nation united as one under the strong leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core in an arduous journey to first bring COVID-19 under control, resume work and production, and reverse the negative economic growth. As your first-hand experience here attests, the Chinese economy achieved a beautiful V-shaped recovery, restoring bustling construction sites, lively throngs in the streets and traffic flow under glamorous city lights. China's economic aggregate surpassed the 100 trillion yuan mark and its proportion in the world total has risen to about 17 percent from the 16.3 percent of 2019. Besides, grain output reached another record high, industrial production continued to grow, total trade volume increased against all odds, modern service industries broke new ground, consumption upgrading gathered speed, domestic investment rebounded steadily, employment far exceeded set targets, prices remained stable and residents' income increased. China is becoming a front-runner in the world economy with a bigger proportion and greater significance in terms of quality, quantity, depth and width both sector-wise and overall.

One flower doesn't bring the spring; only when the whole garden is blooming are the seasons changed. China cannot develop in isolation from the world and its development will contribute to global prosperity. China's economic growth benefits not only itself, but also the whole world. As you've noted, China not only contributed to global economic growth, but also provided much-needed supplies to other countries in their fight against COVID-19 and played a positive role in keeping the global supply and industrial chains stable. According to OECD's forecast in December 2020, China will contribute to over one third of the world economic growth in 2021. At present, China is fostering a new development pattern which will further unleash market potentials, lead to wider opening-up, and deepen international cooperation. We are convinced that China's sustained economic growth will generate more demand and opportunities for the world to realize mutual benefit.

Currently, the impact of COVID-19 on the global economy is still showing, and global supply and industrial chains are suffering from the fallout along with rising unilateralism and protectionism. However, we have faith in the irreversible trend of economic globalization, openness and cooperation. As long as all countries join hands and work together to uphold multilateralism and free trade, promote a more equitable and reasonable global economic governance system, and build an open world economy, the world economy will surely rise from the ashes and take on new vitality. China will continue to contribute to world peace and development and uphold the international order.

Beijing Daily: When talking about Russia-China relations at an annual press conference on January 18, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov spoke highly of bilateral ties in high-level exchanges, scientific innovation, economic and trade cooperation, epidemic response, multilateral coordination and many other areas, adding that coordination between China and Russia is endless. What's China's response to Foreign Minister Lavrov's remarks?

Hua Chunying: China highly appreciates Foreign Minister Lavrov's remarks on China-Russia relations. Indeed, our solidarity is firm as a mountain and our bond of friendship unbreakable. The past year witnessed new, prominent outcomes in China-Russia relations as we overcame the pandemic and the major changes, both unseen in a century. President Xi Jinping had five phone calls and multiple exchanges of letters and messages with President Putin, which guided the continuous growth of China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination for a new era. Both sides have been helping each other to fight the virus together and advance practical cooperation in economy, trade, scientific and technological innovation and other fields despite the pandemic. Both sides have been joining hands to reject the "political virus", uphold the outcomes of the victory of the WWII and international fairness and justice, give each other support on issues concerning core interests, and stand side by side against power politics. The strategic significance of China-Russia relations gets more prominent as we have become a major force for stability in a world full of chaos.

In developing China-Russia strategic cooperation, we see no limit and no forbidden zone to how far this cooperation can go. The year 2021 is a year of special importance for China-Russia relations, as both countries will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Good-neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation. Taking this as an opportunity, China and Russia will implement the consensus reached by our leaders, renew shared commitment to ever-lasting peace and win-win cooperation, expand and deepen cooperation from a higher starting point, add impetus to global recovery, underpin global strategic stability, and build a solid defense for international fairness and justice.

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