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Pursue Peaceful Development and Promote Win-Win Cooperation
2013/01/28

Keynote Speech by Chairman Wu Bangguo
Of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China
At the 21st Annual Meeting of the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum

Vladivostok, 28 January 2013

President Valentina Matvienko,
Dear Colleagues,

Let me begin by extending, on behalf of the National People's Congress of China, warm congratulations on the convening of this annual meeting, and heartfelt thanks to President Matvienko and our Russian colleagues for their efforts.

This annual meeting offers us an opportunity for candid dialogue on security, economy, trade and cooperation in the region. It is of great importance to our efforts in upholding regional peace and stability and promoting win-win cooperation.

The world is undergoing profound and complex changes. The Asia-Pacific region is peaceful on the whole, but hotspot issues and local conflicts keep flaring up from time to time. Countries in this region have by and large maintained economic growth, yet uncertainties have increased due to the lingering impact of the international financial crisis. To promote peace, cooperation and development in the Asia-Pacific is the common responsibility of all countries in the region and the earnest aspiration of our people. We need to view the regional situation and relations between ourselves from a strategic perspective, and work together to expand common understanding and translate our consensus into actions.

- It is important to firmly uphold peace and stability. Without peace and stability, nothing can be achieved. We must reject the Cold-War mentality and the zero-sum game, respect each other's sovereignty and core interests, and oppose hegemonism and power politics in all manifestations. We should advocate a new security concept of mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality and coordination, and build an equitable and effective regional security mechanism so as to foster a sound environment and conditions for the development in this part of the world.

- It is important to vigorously deepen mutually beneficial cooperation. Asian-Pacific countries enjoy strong economic complementarity and huge potential for cooperation. We should actively promote result-oriented cooperation in high and new technologies, advanced manufacturing, energy conservation, environmental protection, energy, resources and modern agriculture. We need to enhance connectivity of inter-regional and cross-border infrastructure, oppose protectionism in all forms, and promote trade and investment liberalization and regional economic integration. In so doing, we will be able to lend a strong impetus to the sustained economic growth in this region.

- It is important to promote the spirit of inclusiveness and mutual learning. A key feature of the Asia-Pacific is the diversity of its civilizations. We should respect the diversity of civilizations, respect the path of development independently chosen by the people of individual countries, and respect the cultural traditions, values and religious customs of all countries. We need to promote the exchanges and mutual learning between different civilizations and social systems by way of seeking common ground while reserving differences and drawing on each other's strengths, and work for the common progress of diverse civilizations in the Asia-Pacific.

Legislatures represent the people and reflect their will, playing an important role in the political life of their respective countries. We need to urge our own national governments to pursue a foreign policy that is conducive to peaceful development and mutual benefit, and to take a fair, just, open and inclusive approach to development, and we need to support their efforts in this regard. We should strengthen inter-parliamentary dialogue and exchanges at all levels and in all fields, increase political mutual trust, promote practical cooperation, enhance friendship between our peoples, and leverage the constructive role of inter-parliamentary exchanges in growing state-to-state relations.

Dear Colleagues,

China is an important member of the Asia-Pacific family and the largest developing country in the world. Many friends present have, over the years, followed China's development with much interest. In particular, since the conclusion of the 18th CPC National Congress last November, China's future development has been a subject of global interest. I wish to take this opportunity to brief you on what China will do in the comingyears.

First, China will continue to pursue development in a scientific way. In spite of the remarkable achievements we have made, China still faces problems and challenges rarely seen in the world. The problem of unbalanced, uncoordinated and unsustainable development remains prominent. Going forward, we will continue to take economic development as the central task, pursue development in a scientific way, and give priority to accelerating the shift of the growth model. We will maintain the strategic focus of boosting domestic demand and adjust the economic structure to enhance the internal dynamism of growth. We will work hard to ensure and improve people's well-being, promote equal access to basic public services, make every effort to increase household incomes and narrow the gap in income distribution so as to enable all our people to share in the fruits of development. We will vigorously promote ecological progress, conserve energy and resources and use them efficiently, cut total discharge of pollutants markedly and strive for green, circular and low-carbon growth. In a nutshell, development remains the key to solving all problems in China. We will continue to focus on development with every determination to complete the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects by 2020 and enable our people to live a better and happier life.

Second, China will stick to the policy of opening-up. China's opening to the outside world in the past 30 years and more has brought real benefits to the Chinese people. This policy has gained great popular support in China. It will not come to a standstill. And it will never be reversed. We will stay committed to the basic state policy of opening up and a win-win strategy of opening up. China will open wider in more areas and at a higher level. We will continue to improve the investment environment, actively attract foreign investment and encourage Chinese companies to expand their businesses overseas. By further lowering tariffs and reducing non-tariff measures, we will promote balanced growth of our foreign trade. Efforts will also be made to scale up regional and sub-regional cooperation and provide continued assistance to other developing countries within the realm of our capabilities. We will take an active part in global economic governance and work for a new type of global development partnership that is more equitable and balanced. China is implementing the program to double its 2010 per capita income by 2020. It is estimated that during the 12th Five-Year Plan period alone, namely between 2011 to 2015, China's imports will exceed US$8 trillion. This will undoubtedly generate even greater business opportunities for countries around the world.

Third, China will continue to pursue peaceful development. The Chinese nation is a peace-loving people. The untold sufferings and incessant wars and turbulence that China weathered in its modern history have only made the Chinese people cherish peace more. We will unswervingly follow the path of peaceful development and firmly pursue an independent foreign policy of peace. This is a strategic choice China has made in light of the underlying trend of the times and in its own fundamental interests. It will remain unchanged regardless of changes in China's comprehensive national strength and international standing. We believe all countries, big or small, strong or weak, rich or poor, are equal. We never interfere in others' internal affairs and never seek hegemony. We will stick to peaceful negotiations in our efforts to settle historical land boundary issues with neighboring countries and properly manage disputes with relevant countries over the sovereignty of some islands and maritime rights and interests. We will work for the peaceful resolution of international disputes and hotspot issues and play the role of a responsible major country. In a word, China's development does not pose a challenge, still less a threat to other countries or the world as a whole. China has always been and will continue to be a positive factor and staunch force for upholding regional and world peace and promoting common development.

Dear Colleagues,

The world is becoming a community of common destiny in which all countries are closely connected. The Chinese people's development endeavor calls for international cooperation and will bring benefits to all countries. We will continue to champion peace, development, cooperation and mutual benefit and make still bigger contribution to the noble cause of peace and development of mankind.

Thank you.

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