Special report: President Hu visits Australia, attends APEC
Chinese President Hu Jintao addresses
the business summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum
in Sydney, Australia, Sept. 6, 2007.(Xinhua Photo)
SYDNEY, Australia, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- Chinese
President Hu Jintao on Thursday delivered a speech at the opening ceremony of
the business summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum,
expounding China's views on building a sustainable future.
In his speech entitled "Advancing Comprehensive
Cooperation in Pursuit of Sustainable Development," Hu said the Chinese
government attaches great importance to sustainable development and will follow
the path of a new type of industrialization.
China will quicken the pace of developing a circular
economy and building a resource-efficient and environment-friendly society, he
told the gathering of APEC business leaders.
China will ensure that production and consumption
meet the requirement of sustainable development and is working to promote the
sustainability of the eco-system and socio-economic system to advance
comprehensive economic and social progress and all-round development of the
people, he said.
Hu is here on a state visit to Australia and will
attend the 15th Economic Leaders' Meeting of the APEC forum scheduled for
Saturday and Sunday.
HU RAISES A FIVE-POINT PROPOSAL ON BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
The Chinese president said the world economy is
undergoing profound changes and offering rare development opportunities. On the
other hand, problems such as growing imbalances in the world economy, mounting
pressure on energy resources and the increasingly acute issue of climate change
pose grave challenges to all countries and regions which are endeavoring to
build a sustainable future.
Hu raised the following five-point proposal on
building a sustainable future.
First, to promote balanced world economic growth is
an important basis for building a sustainable future.
All countries should work to make the international
economic order more equitable so as to create conditions for ensuring balanced
growth of the world economy and sustainable development in the future, he said.
Second, to set up a sound multilateral trading regime
is a primary guarantee for building a sustainable future.
A fair, open, equitable and non-discriminatory
multilateral trading regime contributes to the sustainable growth of the world
economy and development of international trade and serves the interests of all,
All parties should work to ensure that the Doha Round
will attain the goal of a development round and that developing members can
truly benefit from it, he added.
Third, to ensure stable energy supply is a major
factor contributing to building a sustainable future.
The international community should pursue a new
approach toward energy security that calls for mutually beneficial cooperation,
diversified development and ensures energy supply through coordination, Hu said
in the speech.
An equitable technology transfer system should be
established to help all countries, developing countries in particular, use
energy in a more efficient, economical and convenient way, he added.
Fourth, to maintain a sound natural environment is
the key condition for building a sustainable future.
"We should, within the context of sustainable
development, uphold the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
and its Kyoto Protocol as the core mechanism and main avenue of cooperation,
follow the principle of 'common but differentiated responsibilities' and tackle
climate change proactively through extensive international cooperation," he
Fifth, to advance scientific and technological
innovation and education is an important driving force for building a
"We should increase input in education, enhance
educational cooperation and intensify human resources training to provide strong
human resources and intellectual support to all countries, especially to
developing countries, in their development and inject new vitality into world
economic growth," the Chinese president urged.
CHINA COMMITTED TO PURSUING DEVELOPMENT IN AN OPEN ENVIRONMENT
In his speech, Hu briefed the business leaders on the
achievements China has made since it adopted the policy of reform and opening up
29 years ago as well as China's trade policies.
Since its accession to the World Trade Organization
(WTO), China has honored its commitments in good faith, he said. It has adjusted
its trade policy in keeping with the WTO rules, Hu said.
China is committed to pursuing development in an open
environment and achieving common prosperity of all countries through mutually
beneficial cooperation, said the Chinese president.
Hu said China takes an active part in regional
economic cooperation and promotes trade and investment liberalization and
facilitation in the Asia-Pacific region.
"We are ready to forge closer business ties with
other APEC member economies and non-APEC countries and regions on the basis of
equality and mutual benefit," said the Chinese president.
China will continue to transform the pattern of trade
growth, increase import and strengthen protection of intellectual property
rights to ensure coordinated and balanced growth of import and export and
contribute to the sustainable growth of global trade, he added.
CHINA TAKES PRODUCT QUALITY AND SAFETY VERY SERIOUSLY
China takes quality and safety of its export products
very seriously and follows a highly responsible approach toward it, he said.
"From product manufacturing to transportation and
import and export, we are making every effort to ensure product quality and
safety," he said.
China is willing to step up cooperation in product
quality and safety with other parties to improve quality and guarantee safety in
international trade, he added.
CHINA TAKES RESPONSIBLE POSITION ON CLIMATE CHANGE
China takes a responsible position regarding climate
change and will increase exchanges and cooperation with other countries to
jointly tackle the issue, Hu said.
The Chinese government has formulated a national
program on addressing climate change and taken a series of steps, including
enhancing energy efficiency, improving energy mix, strengthening environmental
protection, slowing down population growth and improving judicial framework, he
China has set the targets of bringing down energy
consumption per unit of GDP by 20 percent, cutting the total discharge of major
pollutants by 10 percent and increasing forest cover from 18.2 percent to 20
percent between the end of 2005 and 2010, he added.
The two-day APEC business summit, which opened on
Thursday, is an important forum of the APEC meetings. It will focus on trade,
market and structural issues as well as energy, clean development, climate
change and education.