(Focus on Boao) Xi Jinping delivers a keynote speech at the opening of the 2022 Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference

  China News Service, Boao, April 21 (Reporter Huang Yi) The Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2022 opened on the 21st. Chinese President Xi Jinping attended the opening ceremony by video and delivered a keynote speech.

  Xi Jinping pointed out that human beings have not yet come out of the haze of the epidemic of the century, and are facing new traditional security risks; the global economic recovery is still fragile and weak, and the contradictions of the deepening development gap are superimposed; the governance deficit such as climate change has not yet been filled, and new issues such as digital governance before us.

Against this background, the theme of the forum's annual meeting is "epidemic and the world: jointly promoting global development and building a common future", which is of great significance.

  Xi Jinping said that in the past few decades, the Asian region has maintained overall stability and sustained rapid economic growth, achieving the "Asian Miracle".

A better world can only be better in Asia.

We must continue to develop and build Asia well, demonstrate Asia's resilience, wisdom, and strength, and create an anchor for world peace and stability, a source of growth momentum, and a new height for cooperation.

  Xi Jinping pointed out that China's economy has strong resilience, ample potential, wide room for maneuver, and long-term positive fundamentals will not change. It will provide strong momentum for the stabilization and recovery of the world economy and provide broader market opportunities for all countries.

  Ban Ki-moon, chairman of the Boao Forum for Asia, delivered a welcome speech.

He said that the epidemic has not yet ended this year, and the escalation of geopolitical tensions has further complicated the current situation. Global efforts to address climate change, poverty and other sustainable development goals have been affected, and global challenges need to be addressed by all countries.

  Leaders of many countries and representatives of business circles delivered speeches at the opening ceremony.

  Israeli President Herzog said that our common environment, climate, transcends all political differences and differences.

Israel expressed firm support for international cooperation. "Only by uniting and working together can we solve global problems."

  Mongolian President Khuri Sukh called for a concerted effort to improve relations and cooperation between countries as soon as possible.

Mongolia supports and highly appreciates the global development initiative and the "Belt and Road" initiative proposed by China, and is willing to continue to maintain close cooperation with countries in the region, especially to participate in project cooperation in the fields of infrastructure, green development and ecological restoration.

  Nepalese President Bhandari pointed out that the new crown pneumonia epidemic has caused heavy casualties and economic losses to the world, especially the underdeveloped countries.

She called on the international community to come up with a strategic plan to provide a package to revive the economies of developing countries, including Nepal.

  Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte believes that countries cannot work alone to achieve economic recovery. To revive the economy, we must strengthen international cooperation, continue to attach great importance to the availability of vaccines and drugs, and share anti-epidemic experience.

Supply chains must be strong and resilient, digital transformation policies and infrastructure investments must be conducive to inclusive development, and strong support must be provided to disadvantaged groups and MSMEs.

  Kazakh Prime Minister Smailov said that the theme of this annual meeting fully reflects the concerns of the international community about the global economic development in the post-epidemic era.

Kazakhstan hopes to overcome the epidemic crisis as soon as possible and restore stable international economic cooperation.

  Lao Prime Minister Pankan said that cooperation should be focused on eliminating the adverse effects of the epidemic on economic and social development and restoring the world to connectivity.

  Georgieva, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, said in a speech that the world economy has suffered successive shocks and crises have emerged one after another.

Countries must take decisive action, one is to immediately stop the war in Ukraine, the other is to continue to fight the epidemic, and the third is to deal with debt and inflation.

Countries must strengthen cooperation, maintain and improve the rules-based governance framework, and support multilateralism to play an important role.

  The annual meeting will be held from April 20th to 22nd.

Dozens of sub-forums and roundtables were held at the annual meeting, which were divided into four sections: "green development", "innovative development", "inclusive development" and "cooperative development", covering epidemic prevention and control, carbon neutrality, digital economy, metaverse, and the Asia-Pacific region. cooperation, bridging global divides, economic development and security.

  It is reported that this year, more than 600 offline representatives from 42 countries and regions, nearly 400 online representatives, and more than 700 reporters from 102 media organizations attended the annual meeting.