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Li Keqiang Meets with Members of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Board of Directors

2019-03-27

On March 27, 2019, Premier Li Keqiang met with Chairman of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Ban Ki-moon and some members of the BFA Board of Directors in Boao, Hainan Province.

Li Keqiang congratulated the new BFA Board of Directors on its achievements last year. Li Keqiang said that President Xi Jinping attended the BFA annual conference last year and announced China's firm stand to further expand opening up. The theme of this year's BFA annual conference is "Shared Future, Concerted Action, Common Development," which means various countries should stand together through thick and thin and help each other, enhance communication and coordinate their actions no matter what happens, as well as uphold inclusive rather than exclusive development to share achievements and realize win-win results.

Li Keqiang pointed out that since the founding of the People's Republic of China 70 years ago, particularly since the reform and opening up over 40 years ago, China has underscored huge economic and social development achievements. Meanwhile, China remains the world's largest developing country and it still has a long way to go to comprehensively achieve modernization. We advocate maintaining multilateralism, respecting diversity of civilizations and allowing various countries to explore their own development paths according to their national conditions. We will continue to deepen reform and further open up, which will not only help China achieve its goal of modernization, but also contribute to global development and prosperity.

Ban Ki-moon, Speaker of the House of Representatives and former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of the Philippines, former Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov of Russia and other members of the BFA Board of Directors congratulated China on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China and said China's development achievements are unparalleled in human history. Unilateralism and protectionism are challenging globalization and multilateralism, and amid world uncertainties, China has responded by advancing structural reform and expanding opening up, setting an example for other countries. The future of China, Asia, and the world is closely connected and the Boao Forum stands ready to work with all parties to promote Asian economic integration, and contribute its wisdom and strength to an inclusive development among all countries.

State Councilor and Secretary-General of the State Council Xiao Jie and BFA Vice Chairman Zhou Xiaochuan attended the meeting.

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