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China on Sunday held a forum to commemorate the 10th anniversary of its accession to the World Trade Organization. Top Chinese leaders including President Hu Jintao attended the forum.
Reform and opening-up, which propelled China's rapid growth over more than three decades, will continue to underpin China's future development, President Hu Jintao said Sunday.
China will implement a more proactive opening up strategy and open more areas to the world, Hu said in a keynote speech at a forum to commemorate the 10th anniversary of China's entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Hu said China's entry into the WTO 10 years ago was a major event in the country's reform and opening-up process, adding it indicated "the beginning of a new historical stage" in the country's opening up.
China became the WTO's 143rd member on Dec. 11, 2001. Since then, the country has grown to become the world's second-largest economy, largest commodity exporter, second largest commodity importer, and millions of Chinese people have been lifted out of poverty.
The past decade proves China's WTO entry has brought benefits for both the country's people and the rest of the world, Hu said.
Hu said China will continue efforts to promote the world's common development, shoulder obligations and responsibilities within its capabilities and continue to play a constructive role in the global economic community.
The country also pledges to build a fair, stable and transparent investment environment for domestic and overseas businesses, reduce government intervention in micro-economic activities, and enhance protection of intellectual property rights.
Efforts will be made to encourage the establishment of research and development centers by foreign investors in a way to push forward the country's technological innovation, Hu said.
He said the country will promote the balanced development of foreign trade and attach importance to both imports and exports, boosting imports while stabilizing exports.
Thanks to the country's policies to boost domestic demand, the power of its consumers will be unleashed during the coming five years. China's retail sales are expected to grow by more than 15 percent annually in the next five years and will hit 32 trillion yuan (5.05 trillion U.S. dollars) by 2015, Hu said.
He said the country will continue to enhance international economic and technological cooperation and foster the development of modern industries, which features optimized structure, advanced technology, clean and safe production, high-value products and capability to boost employment.
The country also plans to introduce advanced technology to improve the international competitiveness of its domestic manufacturing industries and move up the value chain in traditional manufacturing sector.
Foreign investment will be encouraged in the country's cultural sectors that are permitted by law, he said.