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Xi talks of peace, openness, common development


19:56, April 07, 2013

BOAO, April 7 (Xinhua) -- President Xi Jinping said China will make contributions toward peace and common development in Asia and the world at an international forum that opened on Sunday.

As the world's largest developing country, China will stick to peaceful development and vigorously promote prosperity in both Asia and the world, Xi said when delivering a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2013 in Boao, a coastal town in south China's Hainan Province.

"Countries, whether big or small, strong or weak, rich or poor, should all contribute their share in maintaining and enhancing peace," Xi said.

No one should be allowed to throw a region into chaos for selfish gains, he said.

Xi pledged that China's development will bring even greater benefits to the rest of the world. "The more China grows, the more development opportunities it will create for the rest of Asia and the world."

In the coming five years, the country's imports will reach about 10 trillion U.S. dollars and its outbound investment will reach 500 billion dollars, according to the president. Its number of outbound tourists may exceed 400 million.

Xi also said China will continue to properly handle differences and frictions with relevant nations.

While upholding its sovereignty, security and territorial integrity, China will maintain good relations with its neighbors, as well as maintain overall peace and stability in the region, he said.

This marked Xi's first appearance at a multilateral diplomatic meeting in China since he was elected president in March. He recently completed his first foreign tour as China's president, having visited Russia, Tanzania, South Africa and the Republic of the Congo, and he attended the fifth BRICS summit in Durban, South Africa.

In a group interview held with reporters from BRICS countries before the visit, Xi said China will unswervingly follow a path of peaceful development.

When meeting with foreign experts in December, he also stated that China will never pursue hegemony or expansionism.

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