Hu's speeches at BRICS summit, Boao Forum attract wide attention

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The recent speeches made by Chinese President Hu Jintao at the BRICS Leaders Meeting and Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) have garnered a lot of attention from the international community.

The Chinese president chaired the BRICS Leaders Meeting in southern China's resort city of Sanya last Thursday, and gave a speech under the theme of "Broad Vision, Shared Prosperity."

In his speech, he said that China has made remarkable achievements in its development over the past 30 years and more since its reform and opening-up.

He said that, in the past decade, China imported 687 billion U.S. dollars of goods on average every year, creating over 14 million jobs in related countries and regions. This fully showed that China's development was part of the world development, and the better China developed, the greater the contribution it would make to the world.

China's rise as an economic power is widely regarded as bringing prosperity to other developing countries in the region, said Fidel V. Ramos, former Philippine president and BFA chairman.

Ramos said China is playing an increasingly important role in the economic growth of Asia and even the world at large.

China's closer integration into the world economy will benefit East Asian economies such as South Korea, Singapore and Japan, Ramos said.

Mkumbwa Ally, acting managing editor of Tanzania Standard Newspapers, said that Hu's remarks showed that China seeks not only its own development but also cooperation with other countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and America so as to achieve shared economic growth and prosperity.

The Chinese president also delivered a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the 2011 BFA annual meeting on Friday. The theme of his speech was "Towards Common Development and a Harmonious Asia."

During his speech, Hu briefed the participants about China's 12th Five-Year Plan for economic and social development, which lists the main tasks for the next five years.

In the next five years, Hu said China will make great efforts to implement the strategy of boosting domestic demand, pursue the strategy of "going global," participate in global economic governance and regional cooperation, and build a resource-conserving and environment-friendly society.

Former French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin said that stimulating domestic consumption is a major element in the Chinese government's 12th Five-Year Plan, which has given full consideration to the country's economic security and the people's welfare.

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