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Xi calls for more APEC connectivity

[ 2013-10-09 10:29] 来源:中国日报网     字号 [] [] []  
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President Xi Jinping on Tuesday called for improved connectivity under the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation mechanism as part of efforts to promote economic integration.

At the APEC informal economic leaders' meeting on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, Xi renewed his call to establish an Asian investment bank to finance infrastructure construction.

Connectivity is vital to the Asia-Pacific region, which covers 21 economies and is home to a population of 2.8 billion, the president said.

"China is keen to explore and develop investment and financing channels for infrastructure construction," he said.

After the meeting, APEC leaders signed a joint declaration that aims to shore up economic development in the region.

"We encourage efforts to strengthen partnerships involving government, private sector and international institutions to explore and improve infrastructure financing and investment," the statement said.

It also highlighted topics including achieving sustainable growth with equity and promoting inter-connectivity in the region.

Wei Jianguo, secretary-general of the China Center for International Economic Exchanges, a government think tank, said that promoting connectivity can help rebalance industrial structures and upgrade growth patterns among APEC economies.

For developing economies in the region, a priority is to shift export-oriented economies into ones that depend more on "domestic power," he said.

Fan Bi, a senior researcher at the center, said that a safe and effective financial cooperation mechanism will help APEC members jointly improve infrastructure and tackle potential economic risks.

With its capital base and rich experience, China can play a big role in infrastructure construction in the Asia-Pacific region. Power, port, airport and telecom sectors can provide opportunities for China, he said.

In 2014, China will host the APEC economic leaders' meeting in Beijing.

APEC is an economic forum in the Asia-Pacific region and its 21 members aim to facilitate free trade and investment. The informal economic leaders' meeting is the highest-level meeting of the forum.

According to the International Monetary Fund, APEC members account for 54 percent of global GDP. Their economies, as a whole, are expected to grow 6.3 percent in 2013 and 6.6 percent in 2014.


1. In Bali, what kind of bank did President Xi say needs to be established?

2. How many members are in APEC?

3. What Chinese city will host the APEC leaders forum in 2014?


1. An Asian investment bank to finance infrastructure construction.

2. 21.

3. Beijing.

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Xi calls for more APEC connectivity

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Xi calls for more APEC connectivity

Anne Ruisi is an editor at China Daily online with more than 30 years of experience as a newspaper editor and reporter. She has worked at newspapers in the U.S., including The Birmingham News in Alabama and City Newspaper of Rochester, N.Y.