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When meeting with foreign delegates attending the 2018 Imperial Springs International Forum in Guangzhou, south China’s Guangdong Province in Decem
ber, 2018, Chinese President Xi Jinping reiterated that China would adhere to the path of multilateralism and open its door wider to the world.
“Opening-up and cooperation, a consistent theme of Chinese diplomacy in the year 2018
, has helped to clearly show China’s role and build China’s image in the international arena,” said Wang.
Despite rising protectionism worldwide, China adhered to the principles of ope
ning wider to the world, defending the rule-based multilateral trading system. In 2018, China hosted the wo
rld’s first international import expo (the CIIE), attracting more than 3,600 companies from over 130 countries.
2018 marks the 40th anniversary of China’s reform a
nd opening up. According to Xinhua, in four decades, the average personal disposable income in Ch
ina rose from just 171 RMB (about 25 US dollars) to 26,000 RMB (about $3,768) each year.
“Forty years ago, reform and opening-up changed China fundamentally, opening a door for the country’s com
munication with the rest of the world,” said Wang, adding “I believe that following China’s continuing reform a
nd opening-up, the country will surely inject even greater vitality into the world over the next 40 years.”