Guangzhou: Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan said on Sunday that China firmly supports multilateralism, stressing that its development will not lead to it replacing any other country, and will never seek hegemony and engage in expansion, reported Xinhua.
Wang made the remarks while addressing the opening ceremony of the Imperial Springs International Forum here.
Wang said that peace and development are the themes of the times, and multilateralism is an inevitable choice for human beings while expanding cooperation and common development are the appeals of all countries in the world.
However, in recent years, there have been twists and turns in economic globalisation, and the rise of unilateralism, protectionism and populism has fundamentally impacted the order of multilateralism, said Wang, stressing that the world looks forward to a rational answer in pursuing integration or separation and choosing cooperation or dispute.
Wang expounded on China's thoughts in front of dozens of former heads of state and government, leaders of international organisations and several experts and business leaders.
The Imperial Springs International Forum was founded in 2014 and is co-hosted by the Australia China Friendship and Exchange Association, the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, the Guangdong Provincial People's Government and the World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid.
The forum aims to promote understanding and consensus among different parties through discussions on important topics such as international peace, economic development and cultural exchange, so as to further regional and global cooperation.
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