President Xi's remarks at plenary session of BRICS Xiamen Summit (Excerpts)

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 BRICS cooperation has traversed a glorious journey of one decade. Though separated by mountains and oceans, our five countries have been closely bound by a shared commitment to win-win cooperation.


As an ancient Chinese saying goes, “A partnership formed with the right approach defies geographical distance; it is thicker than glue and stronger than metal and stone.” We owe the rapid development of BRICS cooperation to our adoption of a right approach, and that is key to the rapid development of BRICS countries' cooperation. Guided by this approach, we have respected and supported each other in following the path of development suited to our respective national conditions. We have pushed forward economic, political and people-to-people cooperation in an open, inclusive and win-win spirit. And, we have worked in unison with other emerging markets and developing countries to uphold international justice and equity and foster a sound external environment. 


As the world undergoes profound and complex changes, BRICS cooperation has become more important. Our peoples expect us to jointly boost development and improve their well-being. The international community expects us to make a contribution to world peace and common development. We must redouble our efforts to comprehensively deepen BRICS partnership and usher in the second “golden decade” of BRICS cooperation. 


First, we need to seek practical results in our economic cooperation. Results-oriented cooperation is the foundation of BRICS cooperation, and significant progress has been made in this regard. However, we have yet to fully tap the potential of BRICS cooperation. Statistics show that of the $197-billion outbound investment we made in 2016, only 5.7 percent took place among our five countries. This means BRICS cooperation still has broad space. We need to stay focused on promoting results-oriented economic cooperation and expand converging interests in trade and investment, currency and finance, connectivity, sustainable development, innovation and industrial cooperation. 


Second, we need to strengthen the complementarity of our development strategies. Despite our differences in national conditions, our five countries are in a similar stage of development, and we share the same development goals. We all face an arduous task in growing the economy. Strengthening the complementarity of our development strategies will help bring out our comparative strengths in resources, markets and labor force and release the growth potential of the five countries and the creativity of our 3 billion people, opening up huge space for development. 


Third, we need to make the international order more just and equitable. Our ever-closer ties with the rest of the world require that we five countries play a more active part in global governance. Without our participation, many pressing global challenges cannot be effectively resolved. We should speak with one voice and jointly present our solutions to issues concerning international peace and development. This meets the expectation of the international community and will help safeguard our common interests. 


Fourth, we need to promote people-to-people exchanges. Amity between the peoples holds the key to sound state-to-state relations. Only with intensive care can the tree of friendship and cooperation grow luxuriant. Enhancing the exchanges among our peoples and seeing the spirit of partnership embraced by all are a worthy cause that deserves our enduring commitment. A job well done in this regard will help us to keep BRICS cooperation vibrant. 



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