|Xi Jinping Meets with The Elders Delegation|
On April 1, 2019, President Xi Jinping met with The Elders delegation at the Great Hall of the People.
Xi Jinping pointed out that the world today was facing profound changes unseen in a century, while the prospect of international cooperation, solutions to global challenges and the future of human society were being thought on by more and more insightful people. We advocate cultivating the awareness of a community with a shared future for mankind, and better building and caring our common home planet. Every country should bear a responsibility for the future of mankind. China is a major developing country, but it never evades its due international responsibilities. China seeks cooperation with win-win results and helps the vast number of developing countries realize common progress during its own development process. China has always upheld justice while pursuing shared interests, and given selfless help to African countries when it was still very poor. The Belt and Road Initiative proposed by China is for mutual benefit and win-win cooperation with all the countries.
Xi Jinping pointed out that at present, many countries have felt pressure and worries from the impact of unilateralism, but the voice of the international community in support of multilateralism has remained the dominant force. It is important to ensure that existing multilateral processes do not stall and what has been achieved is not reversed. China will continuously remain committed to maintaining international nuclear non-proliferation regime and strengthening international cooperation on climate change and other multilateral agendas. China always holds an open attitude towards the reform of multilateral institutions and maintains that the reform should be discussed by all the relevant countries and accommodate the legitimate concerns of all parties in accordance with universally recognized rules, serving the common interests of majority countries.
Xi Jinping stressed that the Belt and Road Initiative proposed by China is a major contribution to multilateralism and international cooperation. Over the past five years and more, China and other participating countries have upheld the principle of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, explored ways of cooperation, and created many new modes of cooperation, which have enriched the practice of multilateralism in the new circumstances.
Xi Jinping stressed that major countries should shoulder special responsibilities as the relations between major countries concern global strategic stability. China has been committed to promoting coordination and cooperation between major countries and looked forward to harmony among major countries, with no conflict or confrontation but mutual respect and win-win cooperation. Relations between China and the United States (US) are among one of the most important bilateral relations in the world. It is hoped that the US side could meet the Chinese side halfway, manage differences and expand cooperation and jointly promote China-US relations based on coordination, cooperation and stability, so as to provide more stable and expectable factors to the world.
Xi Jinping stressed that this year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC). It was the Chinese people's historic choice to adhere to the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC). Over the past 70 years, the CPC has led the Chinese people in tireless struggle and scored remarkable achievements in various areas. Meanwhile, China has kept improving its development path and made unremitting efforts towards the "two centenary goals". China running its own affairs well is in itself a contribution to the world.
Chair of The Elders and former President Mary Robinson of Ireland, Deputy Chair of The Elders and former Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) and Chairman of the Boao Forum for Asia Ban Ki-moon, and former President Ernesto Zedillo of Mexico successively spoke on behalf of The Elders delegation. They first congratulated on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the PRC and the great achievements China has made in economic and social development, and spoke highly of the Chinese side's efforts made in environmental protection, poverty eradication and the work on ethnic affairs. They expressed that China has played a responsible and constructive role at a crucial moment when multilateralism is faced with challenges, adding that China has always adhered to the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and taken an active part in the cause of peace and development in Africa. President Xi Jinping's important speeches on international occasions have sent positive messages to the international community. We should firmly uphold the multilateral system with the UN at its core and enhance multilateral cooperation in international and regional security and tackling climate change. They expect China to continue to play a leading role.
Yang Jiechi, Wang Yi and others attended the meeting.
The Elders, initiated by former President Nelson Mandela of South Africa in July of 2007, consists of former political heavyweights of various countries and former principals of important international organizations. Its goal is to promote the resolution of conflict via dialogue and work on solutions for global problems such as poverty and disease.