Xi Jinping Attends and Addresses the Opening Ceremony of the Plenary Session of the Second Eurasian Economic Forum of the Eurasian Economic Union

On May 24, 2023, President Xi Jinping attended and addressed the opening ceremony of the plenary session of the second Eurasian Economic Forum of the Eurasian Economic Union via video link.

Noting that the world today is undergoing profound changes unseen in a century, Xi Jinping said the historical trends toward a multipolar world and economic globalization are irresistible. It is the broad consensus of the international community to uphold true multilateralism and promote coordinated development across regions. Eurasia is a region with the largest population, the largest number of countries and the most diverse civilizations in the world. How to proceed with the Asia-Europe cooperation in a turbulent and changing world not only bears on the well-being of the people in the region, but also has a profound impact on the development orientation of the world.

Xi Jinping stressed that for this question of importance for our times and the history, China has a very clear answer. Xi Jinping said he had successively put forward the Global Development Initiative, the Global Security Initiative and the Global Civilization Initiative, calling on all countries to work together to build an open, inclusive, clean and beautiful world that enjoys enduring peace, universal security and common prosperity, and to build a community with a shared future for mankind. Noting the 10th anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative this year, Xi Jinping said the ultimate purpose and goal of this initiative is to explore new ways for countries from near and far to achieve common development, and to blaze a "path of happiness" to the benefit of all countries and the world at large.

Xi Jinping stressed that as a member of the Eurasian family, China cannot develop itself in isolation from the Eurasian region, and has contributed to the region with its development. China sincerely hopes that synergy can be forged to carry out deeper and more substantive cooperation in the Belt and Road construction and the building of the Eurasian Economic Union, and that countries will work together in solidarity to open up new prospects for Asia-Europe cooperation. Noting that China will host the third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in the second half of this year, Xi Jinping said China is ready to work with the countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative and the member countries of the Eurasian Economic Union to continuously hold high the banner of peace, development, cooperation and mutual benefit, and to jointly create a better future by sharing opportunities and meeting challenges together, to write a new chapter of progress of human civilization in a multipolar world.

The second Eurasian Economic Forum of the Eurasian Economic Union was held online and offline in Moscow, Russia on May 24, with the theme of "Eurasian Integration in a Multipolar World".