Davos speech welcomed for global vision

Zhou Jin
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Observers echo VP's call for innovation, multilateralism, shaping a shared future

Vice-President Wang Qishan's speech on Wednesday at the 2019 annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, was well received.

Wang, in a speech during a program chaired by Claus Schwab - WEF founder and executive chairman - called on countries to work together in the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution with the vision of creating a better future for all of mankind.

He also called for efforts to uphold multilateralism and jointly build a system of rules for technology as well as a new international cooperation framework based on peace, security, democracy, transparency, inclusiveness and mutual benefit, so that all people can gain from technological innovation.

Wang said it is imperative to respect national sovereignty, refrain from seeking technological hegemony and not interfere in other countries' domestic affairs.

He also called for accommodating in a balanced manner the interests of all countries, especially emerging market and developing countries. "One should not ask the whole world to address only the security concerns - and comply only with the standards - of developed countries or individual nations," Wang said.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Thursday in Beijing that China always firmly supports, defends and pursues multilateralism.

It will continue to work with the international community to uphold a vision of global governance featuring consultation, cooperation and benefits for all, and supports multilateralism based on rules and the building of an open world economy as well as a community of a shared future for mankind, Hua said.

The Belt and Road Initiative has brought concrete benefits to countries along the route, she said, adding she believes that with construction proceeding steadily, the initiative will make greater contributions to promoting global cooperation and common development.

Peter Wilkinson, senior vice-president for regulatory and public affairs at Manulife Financial Corp in Canada, said: "I thought Vice-President Wang Qishan's speech was very interesting. It was a real mix of history, philosophy and economics, and geopolitical understanding."

He described Wang as having "great confidence in the Chinese economy going forward" and added that "China wants to be part of the global community".

More than 3,000 government and business leaders are attending this year's annual meeting from Tuesday to Friday under the theme "Globalization 4.0: Shaping a Global Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution".

Emily Carter, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton University, said she was happy to hear that Wang, like many people in the United States, recognizes that China and the US are very much intertwined. "And I think that's a good thing," she said of bilateral relations.

"I think that exchanges between the two countries, both in terms of goods and people, are good for both sides," she added.

Carter said she has trained and educated many Chinese students. "I feel really good about that. I feel that's a product that I gave to your country," she said.

Charles-Edouard Bouee, global CEO of Roland Berger consultancy, said: "I agree with the vice-president that globalization is an unstoppable trend and the only way forward. Yet it's not an easy road."

Bouee said China has been paying more attention to further opening-up and participation in global governance. "China is more willing to resolve disputes through multilateral consultation mechanisms which are internationally accepted," he said.

Nicolas Barre, editor-in-chief of French newspaper Les Echos, said Wang has a keen vision of where China is going.

"He projected an image of great confidence of where the country is headed in the long term in a period when people are talking about the next crises. It was interesting to hear that he was explaining that crises are not necessarily tragedies, but could be opportunities," said Barre.

"For that reason, it was interesting to have another point of view, more optimistic than we hear elsewhere," he added.

Zhou Jin contributed to this story.

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