Xi urges APEC for more integration, says China’s development to be peaceful

Bangkok, Nov 17 (EFE).- Chinese President Xi Jinping, in an address before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Thursday, called for greater integration of the bloc, and assured them that his country’s development will be “peaceful.”

“Peaceful development is a strategic choice made by us in the fundamental interests of the Chinese people,” said Xi, according to China’s state-owned Xinhua agency.

In China’s modernization process, Xi promised to maintain harmony between humans and nature, which he called “our responsibility not only for ourselves, but for the world as well.”

The president recalled that the Asia-Pacific region was an area of dispute between great powers and the region had suffered a lot from conflicts and wars.

In this regard, Xi urged the APEC members to learn from their past experiences so as to face new challenges.

Escalating friction between Washington and Moscow is expected to reflect on the APEC leaders’ summit on Friday and Saturday in Bangkok.

The leaders’ summit will be marked by absence of the heads of countries such as the United States, Russia, Mexico, and Peru.

Earlier this week, Xi Jinping – who left China for the first time in more than two years in September for a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Central Asia – held a series of bilateral meetings on the margins of the G20 summit in Indonesia. EFE


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