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Xi announces 3rd Belt & Road forum to be held in 2023, calls on Asia-Pacific to up cooperation to new height

2022-11-19 10:35:34       source:Global Times

November 18, 2022

Addressing the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand on Friday, Chinese President Xi Jinping commended economic cooperation in the Asia-Pacific over the past several decades that has led to an "Asia-Pacific miracle," and called for the joint building of an Asia-Pacific community with a shared future and taking Asia-Pacific cooperation to a new height.

He also announced that Beijing is to consider holding the third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation next year to give a new boost to development and prosperity in Asia-Pacific and the wider world.

The Chinese president's remarks at the first in-person APEC economic leaders' meeting in four years offered a vigorous rebuttal to increasing attempts by certain economies and other forces to actively instigate tension within the region and seriously undermine regional cooperation. They also provided much-needed relief for regional economies that are becoming increasingly uneasy over growing tensions, Asia-Pacific business representatives and analysts noted.

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