– Chinese President Xi Jinping‘s remarks at a just-concluded meeting of the leaders of 21 regional economies elaborated on the historical experience and global inspirations of the “Asia-Pacific Miracle” as well as the opportunities and contributions of modernization China, observers say.
Xi delivered a speech at the 29th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting on Friday in the Thai capital Bangkok, calling for building an Asia-Pacific community with a shared future.
The Chinese president’s proposal echoed his pledge in a written speech delivered at the APEC CEO Summit on Thursday that China is committed to promoting such a community and will do more to enhance the stability and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific.
China’s vision of building an Asia-Pacific community with a shared future will further boost cooperation in the region, according to observers.
Reviewing the past decades of strong economic cooperation and remarkable growth in the region, Xi said, “The Asia-Pacific miracle has been created by all of us working hand in hand and overcoming difficulties and obstacles.”
The region owes decades of its rapid growth to a peaceful and stable environment, Xi said. “History has shown time and time again that only openness, inclusiveness and win-win cooperation is the right path for humanity,” she said.
Herman Tiu Laurel, founder of the Manila-based think tank Philippine BRICS Strategic Studies, said he identified with Xi’s call for the Asia-Pacific to follow “a path of peaceful development,” “a path of openness and inclusiveness” and “a path of solidarity”, which is exactly what the Chinese government has been practicing.
These important experiences are a solid foundation for various parties to promote dialogue and cooperation, maintain solidarity and face challenges, he said.
“Thanks to a peaceful and stable environment, the Asia-Pacific region has made remarkable achievements in development,” said Kwon Ki-sik, director of the Korea-China Cities Friendship Association of South Korea.
In the context of growing uncertainties in the world economy and the impact on global industrial and supply chains, the pursuit of peaceful development and joint efforts to safeguard regional stability are the prerequisite for further prosperity and development in Asia-Pacific. , which is of great practical significance, Kwon said.
Chen Gang, deputy director and senior fellow at the East Asia Institute at the National University of Singapore, noted that the Asia-Pacific region has shown the fastest economic development and a very high degree of economic integration in the world over the past two years. or three decades.
One of the fundamental reasons for this, he said, is “the openness and inclusiveness of the Asia-Pacific region, where countries and regions with different social systems and cultures coexist and thrive together. In this process, regional integration in the Asia-Pacific region has played a very important role.”
Low Kian Chuan, Chairman of the Malaysian China Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry, said “the Asia-Pacific miracle” is the result of efforts by all regional economies to promote trade and economic integration, as well a good example of joint drive to achieve sustainable development and share economic prosperity.
“Asia-Pacific is no one’s backyard and must not become an arena for a great power contest. Neither the people nor the times will allow any attempt to wage a new Cold War,” Xi said.
Similarly, Anna Malindog-Uy, vice president of the Asian Century Philippine Institute for Strategic Studies, a Manila-based think tank, said that “powers outside the region should not act as if the region is their backyard.” rear, where they can just step in and do their thing. without respect for the internal dynamics of the region”.
In his speech on Friday, Xi called on regional economies to uphold international fairness and justice and build an Asia-Pacific region of peace and stability, remain committed to openness and inclusiveness, and bring prosperity to all in the Asia-Pacific. , always strive for green and low-carbon development and ensure a clean and beautiful Asia-Pacific, as well as keep in mind a shared future and make Asia-Pacific a region where everyone is willing to help each other.
Those proposals reaffirmed China’s commitment and sincerity regarding economic cooperation and partnership with other Asia-Pacific economies, which are “quite timely given the various economic and geopolitical challenges in the Asia-Pacific region.” said Malindog-oops.
“Opening brings progress, while closing the door can only leave one behind. Any attempt to disrupt or even dismantle the industrial and supply chains formed in the Asia-Pacific for many years will only lead Asia-Pacific economic cooperation to a dead end,” Xi said. he said in his APEC CEO Summit speech.
China’s pledge to work together with other Asia-Pacific economies to stabilize supply chains is “really reassuring,” rendering the West’s “decoupling” hype pointless, said Azman Ujang, former chairman of the national news agency of Malaysia, Bernama, and honorary chair of Malaysia-China Insight. .
Ignacio Martínez Cortés, an academic at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, said that building a beautiful and inclusive Asia-Pacific “will allow countries around the world to gradually achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.”
Xi’s vision to build an Asia-Pacific community with a shared future defines the concept of “Asia-Pacific” beyond nationality, borders and ideology, said Tang Zhimin, director of China ASEAN Studies at the Bangkok-based Panyapiwat Institute of Management.
In facing governance challenges, countries should discard political biases and learn from each other, Tang said, citing China-ASEAN cooperation as a vivid example.
If the Asia-Pacific region upholds the principle of mutual benefit and common development and puts development back at the center of global development, it will not only benefit from such cooperation and development, but also contribute to global development, he said. Gu Qingyang, associate professor. at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.
“We will advance a broader agenda of opening up in more areas and in greater depth, follow China’s path to modernization, implement new systems for a higher-level open economy, and continue to share our development opportunities with the world, particularly with the region of Asia and the Pacific,” Xi promised.
David Olsson, national chairman and chairman of the Australia China Business Council, said he sees China’s modernization as “opportunities for all,” saying it means “opportunities to supply high-quality energy, resources, food and services to China’s markets.” .
Chinese modernization offers inspiration for many developing countries to explore their own modernization path, said Fernando Fazzolari, president of the Argentine engineering and technical assistance company IATASA.
China’s modernization, characterized by common prosperity for all, material and cultural-ethical advancement, and harmony between mankind and nature, will usher in new ideas for worldwide poverty alleviation and global development. higher quality and more balanced, Fazzolari said.
Lin Boming, director of the Brunei Chinese Chamber of Commerce, said China’s pursuit of common prosperity for all is inspiring for Asia-Pacific as the region faces uneven development and multiple challenges.
Noting that China has provided talents and technologies to many developing countries to help alleviate poverty, Lin said China’s remarkable achievements in poverty reduction reflect the great importance of China’s modernization to the world.
“We must overcome the rift between civilizations with exchanges, avoid their clash with mutual learning, and overcome a false sense of superiority with coexistence,” Xi said.
Fernando Reyes Matta, former Chilean ambassador to China and director of the Center for Latin American Studies on China at the Andrés Bello University of Chile, said that in the 21st century mentality “it is necessary to think about integrating various development projects into peaceful coexistence.” .”
Asia-Pacific should, as its name indicates, be a region of peace, where cooperation channels remain open as long as competition does not compromise relations between peoples and nations, he said. ■