Chinese president proposes Asia-Pacifi...

BEIJING - Chinese President Xi Jinping called for efforts to create and fulfill an Asia-Pacific dream in Beijing on Sunday, saying China's economy will bring huge opportunities and benefits to the region and the world.

He made the remarks when addressing the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit, which attracted over 1,500 business people from 21 APEC member economies and 17 other countries and regions.

The Asia-Pacific has a strong impetus for development and a bright future, with a rising standing in the world, but the region now stands "at a crossroads", Xi said.

He listed several challenges facing the region, such as lingering impacts of the international financial crisis, fragile recovery in some economies, the daunting tasks of raising economic equality and efficiency, as well as different directions and priorities in accelerating the regional economic integration process.

"The development prospect of our region hinges on the decisions and actions we take today," he said. "We are duty-bound to create and fulfill an Asia-Pacific dream for our people."

When elaborating on the idea, the president said the dream is about acting in the spirit of the Asia-Pacific community and out of a sense of shared destinies, following the trend of peace, development and mutually beneficial cooperation, and jointly working for the prosperity and progress of the region.

He added that the dream is about staying ahead of global development and making greater contribution to the well-being of mankind.

The dream is also about having more economic vibrancy, free trade and investment facilitation, better roads, and closer people-to-people exchanges, the president said.

Moreover, the dream is about ensuring greater security and prosperity for the people and giving children a better environment to grow, work and live, he said.

To realize the Asia-Pacific dream, the region should redouble efforts to forge a partnership of mutual trust, inclusiveness and win-win cooperation and jointly build an open economy, Xi urged.

In addition, the region's economies need to explore new drivers for growth and draw a blueprint for comprehensive connectivity, he said.

President Xi Jinping speaks to open the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit in Beijing, Nov 9, 2014. [Photo by Xu Jingxing/Asianewsphoto]

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China, U.S. to extend validity of busi...

BEIJING, Nov. 10 -- China and the United States will grant each other's citizens a business or tourist visa with multiple entries and the maximum validity of ten years, China's Foreign Ministry announced on Monday.

The student visa will also be extended to five years of validity at most with multiple entries, said Qin Gang, the ministry spokesman, in a press release.

The two governments have reached the agreement and will finalize the arrangement soon, he said.

The visa extension policies will facilitate people-to-people exchanges and benefit cooperation in all areas between the two countries, he said.

According to the ministry, China has signed mutual visa exemption agreements with nearly 90 countries and reached 53 visa simplification agreements with 39 countries.

A total of 37 countries and regions have agreed to grant Chinese citizens visas on arrival, while eight countries and regions unilaterally allow Chinese citizens to enter without a visa.

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China's deepened overall reform a new ...

BEIJING, Nov. 11 -- Deepening reform in an all-round way, China, the host of the ongoing Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings, is confident to give new impetus to the development of the Asia-Pacific region and the world.

Chinese President Xi Jinping mapped out the country's grand reform blueprint to the APEC CEO Summit in a keynote speech on Sunday, vowing that China's deepened overall reform will benefit regional and global development and prosperity.

Xi's remarks came a year after the Communist Party of China (CPC) unveiled a new reform plan that highlights a more decisive role of the market in allocating resources in a key meeting.

Policies set down in the meeting included making fair, open and transparent market rules, allowing various market players to do business in more sectors, clearing up rules that impede the establishment of a united national market and letting the market decide the price -- and they were only parts of the 300-plus major reform measures in the blueprint.

A showcase of the Party's resolution in the reform plan, Xi personally headed the leading group for overall reform one month later.

The first meeting of the leading group, held in early 2014, approved the establishment of six sub-groups steering reform in the six aspects of economic system and ecological civilization system, democracy and law, cultural system, social system, system of Party building, and discipline inspection system.

Over the past year, China has streamlined administration by cancelling or delegating over 600 administrative approval items to lower levels. The reduction of administrative fees alone has relieved 10 billion yuan stress for taxpayers per year.

While allowing the market to play a more decisive role, Chinese government has steadily fostered innovation. It has opened up more sectors to private investors to bring in competition and new ideas to the market. To open to the outside world in a high level, China launched the Shanghai Free Trade Zone (FTZ) last year as a test bed to explore applicable systems for replication nationwide.

But economy is not all.

China has made efforts to boost the fusion of traditional and new media, relax the one-child policy, intensify checks on key polluting industries and stimulate artists' creativity to meet people's increasing spiritual demands.

In a key policy-setting meeting last month, the CPC made "rule of law" the central theme, promising deepened judicial reform while defending the supreme authority of the Constitution.

In a step related to the ongoing APEC meetings, China is vigorously promoting efforts to draft a roadmap for the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP).

China's reform is part of the social and economic progress of the Asia-Pacific region and the world, and its fruits will hopefully impress foreign guests long after this year's APEC gathering.

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President Xi Jinping to attend APEC CE...

On October 30, 2014, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) announced that President Xi Jinping would attend APEC CEO Summit and give a keynote speech. Yu Ping , vice chairperson of CCPIT and deputy director of APEC CEO Summit Organizing Committee, released the news at the press conference for the 2014 APEC CEO Summit.

The Organizing Committee is actively inviting leaders of other 20 economies to attend the Summit, said Yu Ping. So far, leaders of economies including the US, New Zealand, Chile, Peru, Indonesia, Viet Nam, Papua New Guinea and Hong Kong,China, have confirmed their presence. Whether leaders or their representatives of other economies can attend is under further confirmation. The Organizing Committee will duly announce the progress.

In addition, APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Dialogue with Leaders will take place on the afternoon of November 10. The 4th session of ABAC will be held between November 5 and 8.

APEC CEO Summit, as an important element of APEC sessions annually held during the APEC Leader’s Meeting, is a significant platform for delegates of industrial and commercial circles and leaders of economies to dialogue and communicate with each other, and the most influential business event in the region. More than ten leaders of APEC members are invited to give speeches or attend discussions at the annually-held Summit. Since 1997, Chinese presidents have attended all sessions of the Summit and delivered important speeches. Since 2000, CCPIT has organized Chinese entrepreneurs to take part in the Summit. CCPIT was also responsible for the organizing work of Shanghai 2001 APEC CEO Summit.

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APEC CEO Summit 2014 to be held in Bei...

The APEC CEO Summit and APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Dialogue with Leaders will be held in Beijing from November 9th-10th. A number of senior figures and delegates from the APEC economies will be invited to attend. Chinese president Xi Jinping will also be in attendance to deliver a keynote speech.

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Chinese president proposes Asia-Pacific dream
China, U.S. to extend validity of business, tourist and student visas
China's deepened overall reform a new impetus for global development
President Xi Jinping to attend APEC CEO Summit
APEC CEO Summit 2014 to be held in Beijing
Invitation to the APEC CEO Summit 2014
Jiang Zengwei
Chairman
APEC CEO Summit 2014 Host Committee
China Council for the Promotion of International Trade

The APEC CEO Summit 2014 is going to be held from November 8 to 10, 2014, in Beijing, China.

As an important business event during the APEC Leader's Week, the Summit is the premier platform for the APEC Economic Leaders and business executives to discuss Asia-Pacific economic issues and promote regional trade, investment and cooperation. It is the most influential and high-level business event in the region.

The APEC CEO Summit 2014 will gather 1500 APEC Economic Leaders, CEOs and leading thinkers in Beijing to deliberate the key issues facing the development of the Asia-Pacific economic by sharing views on "Advancing Regional Economic Integration", "Promoting Innovative development, Economic Reform and Growth" and "Strengthening Comprehensive Connectivity and Infrastructure Development", to name a few.

On behalf of the Host Committee, I cordially invite you to participate in the APEC CEO Summit 2014 and together with fellow delegates, contribute to the realization of regional common prosperity by shaping a better trade and investment environment for the Asia Pacific region.

Jiang Zengwei
Chairman
APEC CEO Summit 2014 Host Committee
China Council for the Promotion of International Trade

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