Highlights: President Xi’s speech at Boao Forum for Asia opening plenary

Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke via video link at the opening plenary of the 20th Boao Forum for Asia on Tuesday.

Xi said the annual conference has borne witness to the extraordinary journey of China, Asia and the world, and has exerted a significant influence on boosting development in Asia and beyond.

He underscored the significance of the theme of this year’s conference. The theme – A World in Change: Join Hands to Strengthen Global Governance and Advance Belt and Road Cooperation – is most opportune and relevant under the current circumstances.

China has achieved progress and development in tandem with the rest of Asia and the world, President Xi said.

As an important member of the Asian family, China has kept deepening reform and opening-up while promoting regional cooperation.

The principles of equality, mutual respect and mutual trust must be put front and center in state-to-state relations, he told the plenary.

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