Premier Wen: China will offer more to world

08:22, September 08, 2010      

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Premier Wen Jiabao said in Beijing Tuesday that China will shoulder its responsibility and contribute more to the world.

Wen made the remarks when meeting with several former foreign leaders here to attend the two-day 21st Century Forum.

They are former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, former European Commission President Romano Prodi, former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, former Russian Prime Minister Evgeni Primakov, former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda.

In the meantime, Wen appealed for understanding, support and help from the international community, noting China still faced tremendously complicated issues and challenges after realizing great achievements.

He also said China will adhere to the policy of reform and opening up, cooperation of mutual benefit and peaceful development, which will not only be China's strategic choice, but also its promise to the world.

He said mankind should be confident of their success in achieving balanced, harmonious and sustainable development.

Citing the profound impact caused by the global financial crisis, Wen said it was crucial at this moment for people to work together in a better way when dealing with global issues.

The former foreign leaders said the international community paid close attention to China's development and its role in the world.

Solving global issues required more understanding and trust between countries, more efficient cooperation, and development of science and technology, they said.

The former officials also voiced the international community's willingness to cement cooperation with China so as to achieve common development.

The forum, featuring the theme "New Era, New Challenge, New Vision -- Building a Future For All," is hosted by the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).

Later Tuesday, CPPCC National Committee Vice Chairman Wang Gang also met with some delegates here attending the forum, including Antonio Marzano,the president of the International Association of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions.

The forum will conclude on Wednesday.



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