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President Xi calls for Asian unity

Reporter: Zhou Jun 丨 CCTV.com

05-21-2014 07:12 BJT

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Chinese President Xi Jinping has called on Asian countries to promote unity, cooperation and development of the continent.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan pose for a group photo with guests attending the fourth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Shanghai, May 20, 2014. Xi held a welcome banquet for guests attending the 4th CICA summit. (Xinhua/Ma Zhancheng)

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan pose for a group photo with guests attending the fourth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Shanghai, May 20, 2014. Xi held a welcome banquet for guests attending the 4th CICA summit. (Xinhua/Ma Zhancheng) 

Speaking at a banquet he and his wife Peng Liyuan hosted for attendees of the fourth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), Xi said that there are several major emerging economies in Asia. He said that the rise of Asia has become an important driving force for world economic development and for the progress of human civilization.

Xi urged Asian countries to cherish opportunities to jointly consolidate and safeguard the momentum of Asian development through unity and cooperation. He said that CICA, as a security forum that gathers the largest number of Asian countries, is helping to reach a new Asian consensus, promote dialogue and strengthen mutual trust and interaction.

Xi said that China’s decision to take over the CICA rotating presidency was based on a desire to safeguard peace. He added that China will host a successful summit that will make contributions to peace, stability and cooperation in Asia.

After the banquet, Chinese artists staged a spectacular show to welcome the guests.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, his wife Peng Liyuan and guests attending the fourth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) enter a banquet hall at the Shanghai International Conference Centre in Shanghai, May 20, 2014. Xi held a welcome banquet for guests attending the 4th CICA summit. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

Chinese President Xi Jinping, his wife Peng Liyuan and guests attending the fourth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) enter a banquet hall at the Shanghai International Conference Centre in Shanghai, May 20, 2014. Xi held a welcome banquet for guests attending the 4th CICA summit. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)

Chinese President Xi Jinping, his wife Peng Liyuan and guests attending the fourth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) view performances at the Shanghai Grand Theatre in Shanghai, May 20, 2014. Xi held a welcome banquet for guests attending the 4th CICA summit. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)

 Chinese President Xi Jinping, his wife Peng Liyuan and guests attending the fourth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) view performances at the Shanghai Grand Theatre in Shanghai, May 20, 2014. Xi held a welcome banquet for guests attending the 4th CICA summit. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei) 

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