Keynote Speech by Xi Jinping at the Opening Ceremony of the Second United Nations Global Conference on Sustainable Transport

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2023-05-13 09:38

Xinhua News Agency, Beijing, October 14th

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——Keynote Speech at the Opening Ceremony of the Second United Nations Global Conference on Sustainable Transport

(October 14, 2021)

President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping

Dear Secretary-General Guterres,

Dear colleagues,

Ladies and gentlemen, friends:

It is a great pleasure to attend the 2nd United Nations Global Conference on Sustainable Transport and discuss with you the major plans for global transport and development. First of all, on behalf of the Chinese government and the Chinese people, and in my own name, I would like to extend warm congratulations on the opening of the meeting and a warm welcome to all the guests present!

Transportation is the vein of economy and the link of civilization. Throughout the history of the world, from the camel bells and sails on the ancient Silk Road, to the waves and waves in the age of sailing, to the modern transportation network extending in all directions, transportation promotes economic integration and cultural exchanges, making the world a closely connected "global village".

At present, the combination of a century of changes and a century of epidemics has brought serious challenges to the development of the world economy and the improvement of people's livelihood. We must follow the general trend of world development, promote global transportation cooperation, and write a new chapter in infrastructure connectivity, unimpeded trade and investment, and the integration and communication of civilizations.

First, adhere to open linkages and promote interconnection. The small river has water, the big river is full, and the big river has no water, and the small river is dry. Only when countries are open, inclusive and interconnected can they help each other and achieve mutual benefit and win-win results. We must promote the building of an open world economy, avoid discriminatory and exclusionary rules and systems, and promote economic globalization in a more open, inclusive, inclusive, balanced, and win-win direction. It is necessary to strengthen the "hard connectivity" of infrastructure and the "soft connectivity" of institutions and rules, and promote the "four-in-one" interconnection of land, sea, sky, and network.

Second, adhere to common development and promote fairness and inclusiveness. Only when all countries develop together is real development, and only when everyone is prosperous is real prosperity. Under the impact of the new crown pneumonia epidemic, the gap between the rich and the poor has worsened, and the gap between the North and the South has widened. Only by solving the problem of unbalanced development can we open up broader prospects for the common development of mankind. It is necessary to give full play to the leading role of transportation, increase investment in transportation in poverty-stricken areas, and make the economy and people's livelihood in poverty-stricken areas prosper due to roads. It is necessary to strengthen North-South cooperation and South-South cooperation, provide more support for the construction of transport infrastructure in least developed countries and landlocked developing countries, and promote common prosperity.

Third, adhere to the innovation drive and enhance the momentum of development. The world today is undergoing a new round of technological revolution and industrial transformation. New technologies and new formats such as digital economy and artificial intelligence have become a strong technical support for economic and social development. It is necessary to vigorously develop smart transportation and smart logistics, and promote the deep integration of new technologies such as big data, the Internet, artificial intelligence, and blockchain with the transportation industry, so that people can enjoy their travel and goods flow smoothly.

Fourth, adhere to ecological priority and realize green and low-carbon. Establishing an economic system with green and low-carbon development and promoting a comprehensive green transformation of economic and social development is the long-term strategy for sustainable development. It is necessary to accelerate the formation of green and low-carbon transportation methods, strengthen the construction of green infrastructure, promote new energy, intelligent, digital, and lightweight transportation equipment, encourage and guide green travel, and make transportation more environmentally friendly and travel more low-carbon.

Fifth, adhere to multilateralism and improve global governance. In today's world, the futures and destinies of countries are closely linked, and interests are intertwined like never before. It is necessary to practice the global governance concept of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, pool the wisdom and strength of all, mobilize global resources, respond to global challenges, and promote global development. It is necessary to maintain the authority and status of the United Nations, and comprehensively promote cooperation in poverty reduction, health care, transportation and logistics, and infrastructure construction around the implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Not long ago, I proposed a global development initiative aimed at accelerating the implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, promoting stronger, greener and healthier global development, and building a global development community with a shared future. I hope that all parties will actively participate.

Ladies and gentlemen, friends!

Since the founding of the People's Republic of China, generations of people have built roads across the mountains and built bridges when encountering waters. They have built a country with great transportation, and are speeding up the construction of a powerful transportation country. We insist on transportation first, and have built the world's largest high-speed railway network, expressway network, world-class port group, air and sea access to the world, and a comprehensive transportation network exceeding 6 million kilometers. We adhere to the leadership of innovation. Major breakthroughs have been achieved in equipment manufacturing such as high-speed rail and large aircraft. New energy vehicles account for more than half of the world's total. Super-large transportation projects such as the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge and Beijing Daxing International Airport have been completed and put into operation. Transportation has become a pioneer in China's modernization. pioneer. We insist on transportation all over the world, and have become the economy with the highest degree of maritime connectivity and the largest trade volume in the world. During the COVID-19 pandemic, China-Europe freight trains and ocean-going freighters shuttled around the clock to ensure the stability of the global industrial and supply chains, demonstrating China's responsibility.

Ladies and gentlemen, friends!

China will continue to hold high the banner of true multilateralism, persist in connecting with the world and the times, and make greater contributions to global development while achieving its own development.

I would like to reiterate that China's direction of building a new higher-level open economic system will not change, and its determination to promote trade and investment liberalization and facilitation will not change. China's door will only open wider and wider, and will never be closed!

China will continue to promote the high-quality joint construction of the "Belt and Road", strengthen infrastructure connectivity with other countries, and accelerate the construction of the Green Silk Road and Digital Silk Road. I announce that China will establish the China International Sustainable Transportation Innovation and Knowledge Center to contribute to the development of global transportation.

Ladies and gentlemen, friends!

Let us join hands to walk the right path of interconnection, mutual benefit and win-win, and jointly build a world of lasting peace, universal security, common prosperity, openness, inclusiveness, cleanliness and beauty, and promote the building of a community with a shared future for mankind!

I wish the conference a complete success!

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