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Emerging economies not free riders: Chinese Vice FM
2013/02/02
 

MUNICH, Germany, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Song Tao said on Saturday that emerging economies will continue to take a more active part in international affairs.

"Emerging economies are not free riders," Song said in a panel discussion in Munich Security Conference, an annual gathering of diplomats and experts in the southern city of Germany, noting that emerging economies have contributed significantly to the stability and development of the world.

"Figures show that emerging economies have contributed to over 50 percent of global growth over the past five years. Without the part played by emerging economies, the world economy, plagued by the international financial crisis and the European debt crisis, could have been in much worse shape," said Song.

He added that emerging economies had also made important contribution in seeking solutions to hotspot issues. "The number of UN peace-keepers from BRICs countries is five times that from the seven major industrialised countries," Song said.

The Vice Foreign Minister stated that emerging economies have grown within the current international system, and ride in the same boat with developed countries.

"As they continue to grow, emerging economies will take a more active part in international affairs to promote international cooperation and tackle global challenges such as climate change, environmental pollution and food security." Song said.

However, Song stressed that emerging economies should shoulder "common but differentiated responsibilities", as "they are still quite behind developed countries".

"To ask emerging economies to assume the same international responsibilities as developed economies is to ask a passenger who boards a train at Frankfurt to pay the full fare for the journey from London to Munich. This is not fair, and it is beyond the capability of emerging economies," Song said, urging developed countries and emerging economies to be open and inclusive to each other.

Song told the conference that China will continue the policy of reform and opening, while remaining committed to peace and development and seeking international cooperation.

"The Chinese leaders have called for achieving the great renewal of the Chinese nation, which is China's dream in this new era. To make this dream come true, we Chinese need to work hard, but we also need the support and help of the world." he said.

"Learning something about the Chinese culture will help you gain a better understanding of China's policies. And learning something about China's past will give you a better sense of China's future." Song said.

Pursuing its own development, China will shoulder international responsibilities "commensurate with its position and development capability," said Song, adding that "what win-win situation is about is to make everyone better off."

"China will continue to be a confident country open to the world," Song said. "We sincerely hope to work with all other countries to strengthen global governance and build a harmonious world of enduring peace and common prosperity."

 
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