China's labor unions play unique role: Vice President (2)

08:55, February 26, 2010      

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Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (R) attends the opening ceremony of an international forum on economic globalization and trade unions in Beijing, China, Feb. 25, 2010.(Xinhua/Rao Aimin)

He also urged labor unions of countries around the world to firmly oppose different forms of protectionism, and stand for a fair, liberal and open global trade and investment system.

Figures showed that China's gross domestic product (GDP) rose 8.7 percent year-on-year in 2009 to reach 33.53 trillion yuan (about 4.9 trillion U.S. dollars) and created 9.1 million new jobs for urban residents last year.

Labor unions from different countries and regions should enhance mutual understanding and respect and make joint efforts to deal with challenges in the post-crisis era, Wang Zhaoguo, vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, said at the ceremony.

Wang, chairman of the All-China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU), the country's top-level trade union, also called on labor unions around the world to further exchanges and cooperation to promote a win-win and balanced development of economic globalization.

Source: Xinhua
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