“Silver bullet” in absence, “China prescription” to global challenges under limelight in Davos

 

 

 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang delivers a keynote speech at the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual

meeting in Davos, Switzerland, on January 21, 2015.   Photo by Rao Aimin

 

 

 

 

DAVOS, Switzerland  |   2015-01-22 18:34:27

 

“Silver bullet” in absence,

“China prescription” to global challenges

under limelight in Davos

 

 

By Zheng Kaijun

 

 

Davos used to be a destination attracting lung disease patients for its pleasant microclimate. But it gradually lost charm after the invention of penicillin.

Now, a new “penicillin” is needed to address such global challenges as laggard economic recovery, regional conflicts and terrorism, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said here on Wednesday of January 21 at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF).

But as a magic healer is not readily at hand, the suggestions and actions of China, the world’s second largest economy, can be a timely injection of confidence and encouragement for the world to stay healthy and composed.

 

CHINA PRESCRIPTION

 

The world is filled up with uncertainties, and at the same time full of hope, Li told his audience.

China calls for safeguarding peace and stability in facing complicated international situations, Li said, adding that effective and widely-recognized international orders should be guaranteed rather than breached, or “prosperity and development are just out of the question.”

China believes that different cultures, religions and peoples should respect each other, learn from each other and be tolerant, Li added.

Meanwhile, Li noted that China calls on countries to promote opening up and innovation, strengthen international coordination at macro-economic levels when formulating policies in accordance with their own national conditions.

All countries should oppose protectionism and expand regional economic cooperation, Li said.

The international community is advised to vigorously advance structural reforms, join forces in the innovation drive, and be ready for the coming of a new revolution of science and technology.

 

CHINA PLEDGE

 

During his speech, Li admitted that the Chinese economy still faces relatively large downward pressure in 2015, but vowed that the country will stay composed in its strategic development and not flood the economy with money.

More attention, said the Chinese leader, will be placed on the preset adjustment and fine tuning of the country’s policies, as well as directional regulation and control, so that economic operation will be within a reasonable range.

China will also promote the liberalization and facilitation of trade and investment, and further open up the service and capital markets, as well as the central and western part of the country, Li said.

When meeting with representatives of the WEF’s International Business Council, Li also vowed to advance China’s comprehensive reform and open the country wider to foreign investors.

China will continue to push ahead with its reform in key areas in 2015, with the priority being properly handling the relationship between the government and the market, Li said.

He promised that China will carry out deeper and wider reform in its administrative approval system to stimulate market vitality and create a better environment for fair competition.

China, Li said, will also promote the development of inclusive finance, develop multi-level capital market, support small and medium-sized banks and private banks, and lower the corporate leverage gradually through the development of the capital market and direct financing.

China will advance its ongoing reform in fiscal, tax and key financial areas, Li pledged, adding that his country is to further relax foreign investment access and open its service industry wider to the outside world.

 

CHINA CONFIDENCE

 

Li ruled out the possibility of a regional or systematic financial risk in China, and reaffirmed that the Chinese economy is not heading for a hard landing.

He also dismissed external worry about China’s local government debts, saying such debts are mainly spent on infrastructure construction, thus are well-guaranteed.

Moreover, adjustments in China’s real estate market in a certain period are “normal,” Li said to participants of the International Business Council meeting, citing reasons including the country’s steady urbanization drive which will unlock huge housing potential, and its deepening efforts in rebuilding the sprawling and dilapidated shantytowns.

“The hard housing demand in China’s property market will be durative,” Li reassured. “It will drive the development of related industries and product supply.”

Li was commenting on the slowdown seen in China’s once-sizzling property market since the beginning of last year, which has triggered concerns about a burst of the real estate bubble in the country.

During a State Council meeting in last October, Li vowed to stabilize housing consumption, improve affordable housing projects and relax lending rules, indicating that the government is loosening its grip on property market policies.

In Davos, Li also said that the Chinese government attaches great importance to shadow banking and has taken related measures to put the problem under its supervision.

 

 

 

 

 

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (right) meets with the World Health Organization Director General

Margaret Chan in Zurich, Switzerland, on January 22, 2015.   Photo by Liu Weibing

 

 

 

 

ZURICH, Switzerland  |    2015-01-22 23:08:33

 

WHO hails China’s

“exemplary” role in Ebola fight

 

 

By Gui Tao and Shi Jianguo

 

 

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday of January 22 hailed China’s important role in the fight against the Ebola outbreak, calling it “exemplary” for the international community.

WHO Director-General Margaret Chan made the remarks during her talks with visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

Chan said that the fight against Ebola still faces huge challenges and she called on the international community and the virus-hit countries to work together to tackle it. She added that the WHO stands ready to cooperate closely with China, raise the level of awareness and coordinate all sides to achieve the final victory.

Li, calling Ebola outbreak one of the major challenges the world has been facing since last year, said that Chinese people empathize with the people in the Ebola-hit areas.

China has carried out its largest aid program in health area since the Ebola outbreak, providing several rounds of financial aids to Africa, sending hundreds of medical personnel and public health experts over there and training local medical workers on the continent, he said.

Li said that China will perform its duty as a major developing country and continue to do everything in its power to help the Ebola-hit countries along with the international community.

China will also help African countries to develop its health safety system so that they could adapt to the post-Ebola era, he said. The premier added that Beijing highly values the sound cooperation with the WHO and will continue to provide support.

Premier Li arrived here Tuesday to attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos and pay a working visit to Switzerland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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