|Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) answers questions at a joint interview in Beijing, capital of China, March 19, 2013. Xi on Tuesday gave a joint interview to China's Xinhua News Agency as well as ITAR-TASS news agency of Russia, ESAT TV of South Africa, the Press Trust of India and the Valor Economico newspaper of Brazil from the other four BRICS countries ahead of his first state visit abroad. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)|
BEIJING, March 19 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping said here Tuesday that China will adhere to the path of peaceful development.
"China will unswervingly follow the path of peaceful development. In the meantime, we hope all countries in the world will pursue peaceful development," Xi said.
China, as its strength grows, will assume more international responsibilities and obligations within the scope of its capabilities and make greater contribution to world peace and development, Xi said while receiving a joint interview by Xinhua and media outlets from the other four BRICS countries ahead of his first foreign visits as Chinese president.
China hopes that countries and civilizations around the world will carry out exchanges on the equal footing, learn form each other and achieve common progress, added Xi.
The Chinese president also urged all countries to make united efforts to build a harmonious world of enduring peace and common prosperity.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry announced Monday that Xi will visit Russia, Tanzania, South Africa and the Republic of Congo on March 22-30 and attend the fifth BRICS summit on March 26-27 in Durban, South Africa.
Following his election as general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee in November, Xi was elected president of China during the 1st session of the 12th National People's Congress last week.
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