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International community hails China's pursuit of common development
January 03,2017   By:Xinhua
BEIJING, Jan. 3, 2017 -- Experts and renowned figures from different countries on Sunday praised Chinese President Xi Jinping's new year greeting, saying it reflects that China is a confident power with a vision of common development.
 
"It is clear from Xi's words that China is willing to take what it is necessary and encourages other countries to join it in this common effort to preserve peace, stability and progress," said Xulio Rios, director of the Spanish Observatory of Chinese Politics based in Galicia, Spain.
 
On Saturday, Xi extended new year greetings to all Chinese compatriots and people around the world. He summed up China's achievements so far and urged the international community to work together to build a more peaceful and prosperous world.
 
The mention of "joint effort" is an invitation for the international community to join actions and consensus to face the difficult challenges of a stagnant economy and a perplexed global society, Rios said.
 
Stephen Perry, chairman of the 48 Group Club, also spoke highly of "a global community of shared interest" in Xi's speech.
 
"This is China saying that the emerging multipolar world's success depends on identifying common shared goals which unite nations to maintain peace, develop in a sustainable way and prize collective economic development," said Perry.
 
"This paints global agendas of good goal-orientated development regionally and globally."
 
The chairman said it is clear that this concept is linked to Eurasian development as a means to move nations and peoples from conflict to shared development.
 
Dan Stein, chairman of Muscatine-China Relationship Committee, echoed the above two experts' views that China and the United States "can learn so much from one another," and the two peoples have "a shared destiny".
 
Ignacio Martinez Cortes, a researcher in the National Autonomous University of Mexico, told Xinhua that Xi's new year greeting reflected China's confidence and style as a major power.
 
Martin Nguru, a professor at the University of Nairobi, praised Xi's speech for mentioning over 10 million people moved out of poverty in China during the past year.
 
He said China not only makes efforts to realize self-development, but also cares about war-torn nations and poor countries, which shows China is a responsible power.
 
Ronnie Lins, CEO of a research and business center on China and Brazil, described Xi's speech as an "exciting report" both for Chinese and people of the world.
 
Lins said global economic growth rate is predicted at around 3.7 percent in the year of 2017. In contrast, China is expected to sustain its economic development at a growth rate of 6.5 percent to 7 percent, which will continue to take lead in the world.
 
Lee Chian Siong, senior advisor to chairman of China-ASEAN Business Association, said China is a very important country in the region and that China's stable domestic development is a good thing both to the region and the world.
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