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Minister Zhong Shan’s Essay on People’s Daily: Creating a New Era for Opening Up to the Outside World – Deeply Study and Implement the Important Spirits of General Secretary Xi Jinping's Speech at the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Annual Meeting for Boao Forum for Asia and the Celebration Ceremony of the 30th Anniversary of the Construction of Special Economic Zone of Hainan Province

  

On April 23, People’s Daily published the article entitled “Creating a New Era for Opening Up to the Outside World –Deeply Study and Implement the Important Spirits of General Secretary Xi Jinping's Speech at the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Annual Meeting for Boao Forum for Asia and the Celebration Ceremony of the 30th Anniversary of the Construction of Special Economic Zone of Hainan Province." The full text is as follows:

In the past few days, General Secretary Xi Jinping delivered an important speech in Hainan. He profoundly summarized great achievements, precious experiences, and world significance of China’s 40-year reform and opening up. He solemnly announced some significant measures such as largely broadening market access, supporting Hainan, the whole island, building free trade pilot zone and supporting Hainan to explore the construction of a free trade port with Chinese characteristics. With Comrade Xi Jinping at its core, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China focuses on the overall situation of international and domestic development, the major decision is made through in-depth research, overall considerations and scientific decisions. It fully demonstrates China’s determination to open wider to the outside world and actively promote economic globalization, which has important landmark significances and symbolizes that our country has started a new great journey of opening up. General Secretary Xi Jinping’s major speech enriched the theoretical connotation of opening up in the new era and was an integral part of Xi Jinping’s thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era. We must use the guiding principles from General Secretary Xi Jinping’s major speech as the guidance, accelerate the formation of a new pattern of overall opening up in accordance with the strategic deployment made by the 19th National Congress of CPC, and strive for creating new situation of opening up in the new era.

Unswervingly promote higher level opening up

General Secretary Xi Jinping pointed out that, China's door of opening-up will not be closed and will only open even wider. In the past 40 years, China’s economic development has been achieved under open conditions. In the future, China’s economic development with high quality must also be carried out under conditions of opening up wider. This is a scientific judgment and theoretical sublimation of the internal laws of China’s openness and development, and it indicates the direction for opening up at the new start. We will made in-depth study and implementation of the important spirits of General Secretary Xi Jinping’s major speech, and move faster to boost opening-up, increase the level of opening up, and implement the strategic plan determined by the CPC Central Committee. We significantly broaden market access, solidly promote the implementation of the opening measures in banking, securities, insurance and other service industries, promote the implementation of measures to foreign equity restrictions in automobile, shipbuilding, aircraft and other industries, and completely lift the manufacturing industry. We will create a more attractive investment environment, complete the revision of the negative list of foreign investment, fully implement the management system of pre-establishment national treatment (PENT) with a negative list, accelerate the legislative process of basic law of foreign capital, and increase the protection of intellectual property rights. Build a high level and new banner of opening up, promote the construction of free trade pilot zone with high quality, support the construction of a free trade pilot zone in Hainan Island, grant greater autonomy in reforms, and create more replicable experience; based on China’s actual conditions, learn from international advanced experience, support Hainan to gradually explore and steadily promote the construction of a free trade port with Chinese characteristics, and establish policy and institutional system of a free trade port in stages and phases.

Unswervingly promote the construction of an open world economy  

General Secretary Xi Jinping pointed out that economic globalization is an irreversible trend of times; it is necessary to adhere to the road of opening up, integration, and mutual benefit, and build an open world economy. This is a profound insight and precise grasp of the general trend of economic globalization, pointing out an important path for the development of the world economy. We will make in-depth study and implementation of the important spirits of General Secretary Xi Jinping’s major speech, hold high the banner of opening up, and resolutely oppose all forms of protectionism and promote the liberalization and facilitation of global trade and investment. We must firmly safeguard the multilateral trading system, implement the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation, accelerate the process of accession to the WTO's "Government Procurement Agreement," and continue to actively participate in multilateral negotiations. We will promote regional economic integration, promote negotiations on regional comprehensive economic partnership agreements and the construction of the East Asian Economic Community and the Asia-Pacific Free Trade Area, and deepen the Asia-Europe Meeting and the SCO regional economic cooperation. Raise the level of bilateral opening up, speed up the consultation and signing of bilateral free trade agreements and investment agreements with relevant countries, excavate the potential of cooperation with various countries, promote complementary advantages, cooperate with and benefit each other, develop mutual understanding, and deepen bilateral economic and trade relations. Build a new platform for global opening up and cooperation, fully manage the China International Import Expo, actively expand imports, and made it an open and cooperation platform to showcase national development achievements and international trade, and an international public item to promote the construction of “Belt and Road,” promote the economic globalization, create new demands and inject new impetus for world economic growth.

Unswervingly promote the building of a community with a shared future for mankind

General Secretary Xi Jinping pointed out that the world has become a global village where our interests are intertwined and our economic and social progress interconnected. It is hoped that people of all countries will make joint efforts and go hand in hand to build a community with a shared future for mankind and create a peaceful, prosperous, open and beautiful Asia and world. This is the deep thought and the clear-cut answer for the direction of the human society and the wisdom that China contributed to the world peace and prosperity. We will deeply learn and carry out the spirits of President Xi Jinping’s important speech, advocating the mutually beneficial and win-win open strategies, expanding all countries’ converging points of common interests and actively developing global partnership. We will deeply promote the Belt and Road cooperation, stick to the principle of achieving shared growth through discussion and collaboration, promote the major cooperation projects, implement the pilot projects of "Pearl in the Silk Road", develop the e-commerce industries along the Belt and Road routes, boost the trade and investment cooperation level with relevant countries and deepen the pattern of mutually beneficial cooperation. We will promote the reform of global economic governance system, take the advantage of the platforms like G20, APEC and BRICS, put forward more Chinese initiatives and plans, support to expand the representativeness and voices of developing countries in the international economic and trade affairs and help build a new type of international relations. We will actively undertake international responsibilities and obligations, put more efforts to aid the developing countries especially the least developed countries, bring out new measures for practical cooperation, support the developing countries to better integrate into the global value chain and expand foreign trade and economic cooperation, help alleviate poverty and improve people’s livelihood and boost endogenous power to realize common development.

Firmly strengthen the Party’ s comprehensive leadership on the opening-up work

General Secretary Xi Jinping pointed out that to uphold Party leadership and to ensure strict Party self-governance is the key and foundation to the success of reform and opening up. Reforms, regardless of their changes and stages, must adhere to the Party's leadership to ensure that the Party exercises overall leadership and coordinates work in all areas. This is an invaluable experience and an important inspiration of China’s 40 years of reform and opening up, and it is a fundamental guarantee for ensuring the correct direction of comprehensively deepening the reform and opening up. We will thoroughly study and implement the spirit of General Secretary Xi Jinping’s important speeches, and practically stick to and strengthen the Party’s comprehensive leadership for opening-up. We should strengthen the four “awarenesses,” firmly stick to the four “confidences,” steadily uphold the authority of the Central Committee and its centralized, unified leadership with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core, closely follow the Central Committee in terms of our thinking, political orientation, and actions and take the initiative to plan the opening-up from the perspective of the Party and the country. We must improve our work ability, persist in using Xi Jinping’s Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era to arm our minds, profoundly understand the rich connotations and practical requirements of the Party Central Committee’s decisions and plans on opening up, and continuously enhance our ability to adapt to the new era, achieve new goals and implement new plans. We must pay close attention to the implementation of responsibilities, enhance our sense of mission, sense of duty and urgency, and sense of responsibility, and use the spirit of nail driving to implement the CPC Central Committee’s fundamental policies and plans for opening up.

In the new era and the new journey, the correct road of reform and opening up will empower the nation and enrich the people and will be broader and broader. We must deeply carry out Xi Jinping’s Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era and the spirit of the 19th CPC National Congress, implement the spirit of General Secretary Xi Jinping’s important speech in Hainan, firmly promote the development of our opening up career, and boost deeper reform and high-quality development with higher level of opening up to build an economic and trade power in advance and make more contribution in order to achieve the two centenary goals and national rejuvenation.

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