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Zivadin Jovanovic, the Belgrade Forum for a World of Equals


The Interview to Ren Yan, Europe Correspondent of “The People’s Daily”

1.Question: In the keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the Boao Forum today,  Chinese President Xi Jinping first hails  the past 40 years of reform and opening up. How do you see achievement of China over the last four decades?

Reply: Chinese policy of reforms an opening over the past 40 years brought unprecedented achievements in scientific based modern economic development, alleviating of poverty, rise of living standard of people, threatening of connectivity with other nations and cultures and the irreplaceable role of China in the global world governance. Chinese people and leadership should be proud of these historic achievements inspiring other peace loving countries.

2. Q.:    In the past few years China has been an important engine of world economy. How do you see the great contribution of China to the world economy growth?

R.: For decades China has maintained the highest rate of economic growth i the world occupying today the place of the second strongest economy in the world. This made China as the most important single contributor to overcoming 2008-2013 world financial and economic crises. China's contribution to the world economic growth is higher today than that of EU, USA and Japan combined.

3. Q.: The "Boao proposals" have helped build consensus in Asia, encourage cooperation, promote economic globalization and advance the building of a community with a shared future for mankind, said President Xi today. How do you see the "Boao proposals", and what's the significance to global governance?

R.: Boao proposals confirm that Asia is a center and leader of modern socioeconomic and technological development of the world economy at the beginning of the Third millennium. Consensus on openness, partnership based on equality and mutual interests is inspiring example for the rest of the world how to build stable and safe common future of the mankind. No doubt, Asia with China as it’s' socioeconomic engine, will play leading role in the world economic governance thus guaranteeing more equitable, inclusive and democratic world economic system.

4. Q.: Preisident Xi renews pledges to open economy, cut tariffs this year. What's the significance of the open economy for the recovery of the world economy, especially nowadays facing the challenge of roaring protectionism?

R. : Historic achievements of China in all fields of modern socioeconomic developments would have not been possible without the policy of reforms and opening, without win win cooperation with all countries be they the most developed ones or developing ones. China's experiences and results confirm univocally that only openness, partnership based on equality and respect of mutual interests are guaranties for self-sustainable national and global growth. In the globalized and closely interdependent economies any protectionism, autarchy or isolationism are not only outdated but also counterproductive policies missing sense of reality and vision. Stable, sustainable growth in the world need oppenness, inclusiveness, respects of mutual interests and equality among all partners. Any egoism and narrowness would backfire in forms of slow growth, or worse, in instability or crises.

5. Q.: One Belt One Road Initiative has attracted more and more attention worldwide. Why the world is is interested in the program and what benefit can the program bring to the world?

R.: BRI as the global multidimensional development initiative has been the most broadly accepted primarily because it is open, inclusive and mutually beneficial for all partners as well as for the global economy. Connectivity in infrastructure, economy and people to people are recognizable features differing Belt and Road Initiative from any other known international integration. Establishing economic development bridges BRI at the same time brings closer different cultures and civilizations closer one to the other thus promoting understanding, mutual trust and peace. This role is particularly important in the present era when certain factors tend to neglect connectivity and interdependence between national and global interests of humanity.