Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the plenary session of the second Eurasian Economic Forum of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) via video link on Wednesday.
Xi said that Eurasia is the region with the largest population, the largest number of countries and the most diverse civilizations in the world, and its cooperation has a profound impact on the development of the world.
He called on all countries to uphold genuine multilateralism and promote coordinated development across regions, and to build an open, inclusive, clean and beautiful world that enjoys lasting peace, universal security and common prosperity.
He also said that China supports the EAEU’s efforts to deepen regional economic integration and enhance its global influence, and hopes to deepen the synergy between the Belt and Road Initiative and the EAEU comprehensive economic partnership agreement.
He proposed four suggestions for advancing the high-quality Belt and Road cooperation, namely, to uphold openness and inclusiveness, to deepen practical cooperation, to strengthen innovation and digital economy cooperation, and to enhance people-to-people exchanges.
He also invited the EAEU members to participate in the third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation to be held in China in the second half of this year, and expressed his hope that they will join China in writing a new chapter in the progress of civilization in a multipolar world.
The second Eurasian Economic Forum, themed “Eurasia: A New Look at Global Cooperation,” was held online and offline in Moscow, Russia on Wednesday. It brought together leaders of EAEU member states, representatives of international organizations, business circles and experts. The forum aimed to discuss the prospects of Eurasian integration, trade, investment, digital transformation and green development.