China's Development Brings Opportunities to the World
Despite the long distance between China and Canada, officials from the two countries often sit next to each other because of the alphabetical order of seats in international conferences, where they share extensive opportunities for communication and exchanges. As China's interaction with the rest of the world becomes more frequent, China and Canada share closer contacts and exchanges on multilateral occasions. In this context, what influence will China's development have on the world? And what does it mean for Canada?
China injects positive energy into world peace and development. In recent years, China has proposed a series of significant concepts and initiatives, such as promoting a community of shared future for mankind, establishing a new type of international relations, and building the Belt and Road Initiative. China has also contributed its wisdom and solutions to safeguarding world peace and promoting shared development. China is actively engaged in international arms control, disarmament, and non-proliferation processes, and is opposed to arms races, in an effort to maintain global strategic balance and stability. China firmly upholds an international system with the United Nations at its core, staunchly supports multilateralism, and proactively participates in the resolution of major international and regional hotspot issues. In July 2016, the government forces of South Sudan and anti-government armed forces exchanged heavy fire in Juba, during which Chinese soldiers Li Lei and Yang Shupeng unfortunately died in the line of duty. They were among the second batch of Chinese peacekeeping infantry dispatched to South Sudan. This is merely a microcosm of China's participation in the UN peacekeeping operations for nearly three decades. As of December 2018, an accumulative total of more than 39,000 Chinese peacekeepers have been deployed to UN peacekeeping missions around the world, the highest number among the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.
China provides impetus to global economic growth. China practices win-win co-operation and seeks shared benefits for all. In recent years, China's average rate of contribution to global economic growth has exceeded 30 per cent, making it the strongest engine of world economic growth. China has nearly 1.4 billion people, of whom 400 million are among the middle-income group, thus making China the largest market in the world. In the next 15 years, China's imported goods and services will respectively exceed US$30-trillion and US$10-trillion in value, and its opening up to the outside world in an all-around way will create more opportunities for the world to share "China's dividend."
China contributes to addressing global issues. In January 2015, a seven-year-old Liberian boy named Robert became one of the first Ebola patients to be successfully cured by China's anti-Ebola team in Africa. Since the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, China has been providing full-fledged assistance while some other countries flinched from working on the frontline due to "Ebola-phobia." Confronted with the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Agreement, China, along with other countries, has made joint efforts to safeguard the outcomes of the agreement and has actively participated in the climate governance processes of the United Nations and other multilateral platforms. As a leader in achieving sustainable development goals, China, over the past 40 years of reform and opening up, has successfully lifted more than 800-million people out of poverty, contributing over 70 per cent to global poverty reduction outcome.
President Xi Jinping noted that China cannot develop in isolation from the world, and the world also needs China for its development. China's development also is bound to bring new opportunities to Canada. Both China and Canada firmly support multilateralism, free trade, and the construction of an open world. It is my hope that our voices in this regard can be heard more in the future.