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China's reform and opening-up a great process, says Xi
   2016-09-03 15:20:00    Xinhua/China Daily      Web Editor: Huang Yue

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the Business 20 (B20) Summit held in Hangzhou, the capital city of east China's Zhejiang Province, Sept. 3, 2016. [Photo: Xinhua/Yao Dawei]

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Delivering a keynote speech on Saturday at the Business 20 (B20) summit in Hangzhou, Chinese President Xi Jinping called China's reform and opening-up a great process.

Firstly, it is a process of exploration. There has been no precedent in human history for a country with a population of over 1.3 billion to realize modernization, he said.

Secondly, it is a process of action and hard work. China has been firmly taking economic contruction as the center, he said.

Thirdly, it is a process of common prosperity. Development for the people, by the people and to the benefit of the people - is the fundamental purpose of China's reform and opening-up and its modernization drive.

Lastly, it is a process during which China has been walking towards the world and the world has been walking to China, said the president. 

China confident, capable of keeping growth at medium-high speed

China stands at a new historical starting point today. This is a starting point for China to develop a comprehensively deepening reform, to continuously push forward economic and social development, to adjust to new normal by transforming development mode, to continuously be open to and have an in-depth interaction with the world.

China has confidence and is capable of keeping growth at a medium to high speed and can bring more opportunity to the world when China develops itself.

China will unswervingly carry on a comprehensive reform and exploit a more promising future. China has developed a new normal economy. It is the only route for China's economy to evolve into more advanced pattern, more rational structure and more optimized division of labor.

China must carry out reforms if it wants growth at a medium to high speed. Such growth is not possible if China follows the beaten track. China will lose great opportunity if it is afraid to step out. The direction of China's reform is clear and will not change. China will march forward courageously without hesitation.

China's reform have entered a difficult time. But China has to see the reform to the end with courage and determination. China will continuously push forward supply-side structural reform, solve the main contradiction in the current economic development, improve the quality and efficiency of supply system by optimizing the allocation of production factors and adjusting industrial structure, stimulate market's vitality and balanced development.

China will adhere to the system and mechanism of innovation, breaks the existing pattern of interests, promote the rule of law in an all-around way, allow market play a decisive role in the resources allocation and let government better play its role.

China stands at new starting point

China is standing at a new starting point for comprehensively deepening reform and injecting new impetus in economic and social development, adapting to the new normal of economic development and transforming economic development mode, as well as deeply interacting with the world.

China is confident and capable of keeping growth at medium-high speed and continuing to provide the world with more development opportunities while realizing its own development.

Proceeding from this new starting point, China will unswervingly deepen reform in a comprehensive manner, implement innovation-driven development strategy, pursue green development, deliver more benefits to the people and further open up to the world.

G20 makes breakthroughs in building inclusive global economy

The G20 for the first time puts development issue at the center of global macro policy framework this year.

It is also the first time that the G20 makes an action plan to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and cooperates to support the industrialization of African countries and least developed countries.

China will implement strategy of innovation-driven development

With a new starting point, China will take an unshakable stand to implement a strategy of innovation-driven development, releasing stronger momentum of growth. Seizing technological innovation is a key step in achieving development.

As the economic growth and expansion modes that mainly rely on the inputs of resources, capital and labor are not sustainable, China's development is facing arduous tasks of power conversion, transformation and restructuring.

To build an innovative country and a global scientific and technological power is an urgent requirement and the only way for China's development.

China will implement a strategy of innovation-driven development to play the role of innovation as the first power, endeavoring to achieve the transformation from growth in quantity to improvement in quality.

China will promote all-dimensional, multi-tiered and wide-ranging innovations in development ideas, system mechanisms and business models, achieving a fundamental change in endogenous dynamics and vitality of promoting development.

China will strive to take the lead in making breakthroughs in major projects and directions, actively leading the implementation of international major scientific plans and projects.

China will deeply study and solve technology problems in the economic and industrial developments, focusing on promoting mode transformation and structure adjustment, building a modern industrial system, fostering strategic emerging industries, and developing modern service industry to promote the transformation of scientific and technological achievements, to promote the industry and the products to upgrade to the high end of industrial chain, and to create more leading developments that rely on innovation driven and have the first mover advantages.

China vows more efforts in economic globalization and trade

China will continue to participate in the process of economic globalization and support multilateral trade. The country will relax the restrictions to foreign investments and increase facilitation to improve fair competition and create good business circumstances with all our efforts.

Meanwhile, China will speed up the signing of free trade agreements and investment treaties with countries and accelerate the setting up of domestic free trade zones. We will continue to promote the internationalization of renminbi and improve the globalization of financial industry.

China's development benefits from the international community and China is willing to provide more goods to the international community. The Belt and Road Initiatives will share the opportunities of growth with the countries along the belt and road. The related projects have obtained essential development. The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is playing a positive role in regional infrastructure construction.

China committed to green development

Xi stressed the importance of environmental protection, saying: "To protect environment is to protect productivity."

The government will unswervingly implement the strategy of sustainable development and be committed to green, low carbon and circular development, while adhering to the basic national policy of resource conservation and environmental protection.

The move to promote green development also serves as China's active response to climate changes and overcapacity.

China aims to reduce water use, energy consumption, and CO2 emissions per unit of domestic gross product (GDP) by 23 percent, 15 percent and 18 percent respectively in the next five years.

Meanwhile, it will cut crude steel output by another 100 million to 150 million tons in the next five years, and close coal mines with around 500 million tons of capacity and cut another 500 million tons of capacity through coal mine restructuring in the next three to five years.

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