At the invitation of U.S. President Joe Biden, Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in San Francisco on November 14 for a China-U.S. summit meeting and to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting.
The international community has been closely following the first meeting between the two heads of state since their face-to-face encounter in Bali, Indonesia, a year ago. It is widely anticipated that the China-U.S. summit meeting will bring the bilateral relations back to the track of sound and stable development. Through strengthened cooperation, the two sides are expected to inject new impetus into global economic recovery, foster political solutions for regional and international hotspots, and effectively address global challenges.
According to Tom Watkins, a former advisor to the Michigan-China Innovation Center, there exists a broad spectrum of areas where China and the U.S. can and should collaborate, encompassing climate change mitigation, nuclear non-proliferation, political solutions for geopolitical hotspots, and promoting global economic development.
Watkins expresses his hope that China and the U.S., under the guidance of their respective leaders, can formulate a shared vision and agenda, engage in candid dialogues on areas of divergence, and lay a solid foundation for global peace and prosperity.
Ronnie Lins, director of the China-Brazil Center, emphasizes the paramount importance of China-U.S. relations, recognizing them as the most critical bilateral relationship in the world today. Given its profound implications for global peace and development, he stresses the need for both countries to establish a viable path of coexistence. He expresses his hope that the summit meeting will stabilize the relationship from deterioration.
Jon Taylor, a professor of political science at the University of Texas at San Antonio, advocates for dialogue and cooperation as the cornerstone of China-U.S. relations. While acknowledging the existence of differences between the two countries, he rejects the notion that these differences should preclude dialogue and communication. Taylor looks forward to more dialogues rooted in mutual respect, believing that the summit meeting will set the tone for enhanced cooperation in the spheres of economy and trade, people-to-people exchanges, science, education, and tourism.
Beyond the summit meeting, the international community eagerly awaits President Xi Jinping's articulation of key perspectives on deepening Asia-Pacific cooperation, improving global governance, and other pertinent issues. It is widely held that President Xi Jinping's visit will serve as a powerful catalyst for greater development and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region.
The Asia-Pacific region encompasses one-third of the world's population, accounts for over 60 percent of the global economy, and facilitates nearly half of global trade. For decades, China has reaped the benefits of the Asia-Pacific region's development, while simultaneously contributing to the region through its own growth. According to a report released by the Asian Development Bank, China's contributions to the region's economic growth exceed 60 percent, playing a pivotal role in the Asia-Pacific region's economic recovery.
Koh King Kee, President of the Centre for New Inclusive Asia of Malaysia, who has made numerous visits to China, expresses his deep admiration for the dynamism of China's modernization process. He firmly believes that China can play a pivotal role in shaping a brighter future for the world, particularly the Asia-Pacific region. He eagerly anticipates China's contributions to advancing Asia-Pacific prosperity and global development during this meeting.
The recent success of the Third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation serves as a testament to the flourishing achievements of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in the Asia-Pacific region. These achievements paint a vivid picture of shared prosperity: the Jakarta-Bandung High-Speed Railway, the Thai-Chinese Rayong Industrial Estate, the Muara Port in Brunei, and the Malaysia-China Kuantan Industrial Park stand as tangible examples. The completion and opening of roads and railways, the upgrading and improvement of industrial parks and ports, and the increasing agglomeration effect have all contributed to accelerated regional development.
Phumtham Wechayachai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Commerce of Thailand, commends the BRI's effectiveness in enhancing connectivity among participating countries, facilitating smooth trade and logistics, and promoting closer trade cooperation, ultimately generating economic benefits for all. He highlights China's unwavering commitment to the concept of win-win cooperation and common development, working hand-in-hand with countries worldwide to share the opportunities arising from China's growth.
Amidst the prevailing global turbulence, the need for stability has never been more pronounced. President Xi Jinping's visit to the U.S. and his participation in the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting are widely anticipated to offer new wisdom for the international community to effectively address global challenges and enhance global governance. China's commitment to promoting world peace, development, and prosperity has been a hallmark of its engagement on the global stage for decades.
Jose Ignacio Martinez Cortes, a researcher at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, aptly observes that President Xi Jinping's visit has garnered significant global attention. He expresses confidence in China's continued contributions to addressing pressing issues such as combating protectionism, mitigating climate change, and fostering the development of new technologies.
The concept of building a community of shared future for mankind emphasizes the principles of mutual respect, mutual understanding, and cooperation, and this vision underscores China's commitment to establishing a fair and just global order, says Koh King Kee. As geopolitical tensions cast a shadow of uncertainty over the world, Koh King Kee recognizes China's role as a crucial engine for global economic recovery and development. He anticipates that President Xi Jinping's visit will further strengthen China's contributions to improving global governance and promote prosperity for Asia-Pacific and the world.
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