China calls for greater role for South Center

13:48, January 27, 2011      

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China called on the South Center Wednesday to strive to bring into full play its role as a think tank for developing countries in efforts to safeguard their common interests.

The center should follow closely the international development agenda and major international conferences and provide support for consensus building among developing countries, said Li Zhaoxing, a former Chinese foreign minister and a board member of the Geneva-based South Center.

Li, now chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of China's National People's Congress, told a session of the center's board of directors that developing countries should step up south-south cooperation in their quest for economic recovery and stable economic growth.

A forum was also held during the Jan. 24-26 session and participants discussed such issues as global economy, climate change and sustainable development.

Established in 1995, the South Center is an inter-governmental research organization of developing countries.

Source: Xinhua
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