Business personages hail Hu's speech at CEO summit in Yokohama APEC

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Business personages hailed Chinese President Hu Jintao's speech on the role of emerging markets in Asia Pacific, which was delivered at the APEC CEO summit Saturday.

"The speech is impressive and the message is very clear -- that China is playing an important role both in the region and in the world," said James W. Moeller, managing director with Global Public Affairs Practice, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide.

"His remarks on deepening opening-up were very wise. It will help Chinese economy and the global economy," he told Xinhua.

"The speech was very thoughtful," said Thomas M. Clark, Co- chair of Banking and Finance Committee, the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan. "The remarks said that China has a large economy and also has many developmental needs. The remarks were very heartfelt. Hu's emphasis on common development was very positive.

"We have to develop not just as an each individual economy but as a region within APEC region. His comments are consistent with Obama's view that trade is not a zero-win game," Clark said.

"I think his speech is very interesting because China is opening up gradually," said Stephen Jacobi, executive director of International Business Forum of New Zealand. "Certainly we in New Zealand are very grateful to that."

"We'd like to see China play its full role to build global economic order particularly through free trade and business. We have a vision to do free trade in the Asia Pacific, but without China it can't happen," Jacobi said.

Georgia Cameron, also from New Zealand and a member of the APEC "voices of the future" program, said it was a fantastic opportunity to hear Hu's confidence in China and in the Asia Pacific region and his commitment to bringing out other countries with China to enhance trade.

"For a country like New Zealand to facilitate imports as well as exports is a really strong part of what we're talking about: resisting protectionism and opening free trade."

Source: Xinhua


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