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Hu discusses infrastructure development, China's economic policy during APEC speech
2012/09/08

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao on Saturday stressed the need for the Asia-Pacific region to upgrade infrastructure and discussed China's current economic situation and economic policies.

During a keynote speech at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO summit, Hu said the world economy was recovering slowly and there were still some destabilizing factors and uncertainties.

In this regard, the Chinese president put forward a four-point proposal on infrastructure development in the context of promoting stable growth and recovery in the Asia-Pacific region.

Firstly, Hu said, the region should speed up infrastructure development to strengthen the foundation of development.

Secondly, the Asia-Pacific region should improve the connectivity and efficiency of its supply chains to ensure the smooth functioning of infrastructure, Hu said.

Hu said thirdly that the region should deepen reform of the investment structure to share opportunities in infrastructure development.

Fourthly, Hu said, the Asia-Pacific region should strengthen exchanges and cooperation to jointly promote regional connectivity.

"In addition, APEC members need to strengthen regulatory coherence and people-to-people exchanges and conduct wide-ranging and multi-level cooperation in promoting connectivity," the Chinese president said.

On China's current economic situation and policies, Hu said Beijing has focused this year on ensuring stable growth and price stability, adjusting economic structure, improving people's well-being, deepening reforms and promoting harmony.

These efforts have ensured the stable performance of China's economy, with its GDP, in the first half of the year, growing by 7.8 percent year on year and retail sales increasing by 14.4 percent, Hu said.

There are challenges, Hu said, such as a lack of balance, coordination and sustainability that still weigh on the country's economic growth and notable downward pressure remains, especially for small and medium enterprises and exporters.

To meet these challenges, China will continue a proactive fiscal policy and a prudent monetary policy, ensure continuity and stability of macroeconomic policies, and make macroeconomic regulation more targeted, flexible and forward-looking, Hu said.

China will take four steps to boost domestic demand and maintain steady and robust growth, while keeping the price level basically stable, Hu said. The president enumerated the moves as ways to promote home-driven growth, boost inclusive growth, advance innovative-driven development and work to achieve mutually-beneficial and win-win outcomes.

China will foster an open and transparent legal environment, an environment for fair market competition, and a stable and orderly business environment to create good conditions for investors, he said.

Beijing will move faster to implement the Free Trade Agreement, strengthen ties with key trading partners, and deepen pragmatic cooperation with other emerging markets and developing countries, he said.

During a speech at the 20th informal economic leaders' meeting of the APEC forum Saturday, the Chinese president announced that China will host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economic leaders' meeting and related gatherings in 2014.

"China wishes to take this as an opportunity to deepen cooperation with other APEC members and make fresh and even greater contributions to the development, prosperity and people's well-being in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond," he said.

Also on Saturday, Hu and his Indonesian counterpart Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono discussed bilateral cooperation and other issues of common concern on the sidelines of the annual APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting.

The well-developed China-Indonesia relations have brought concrete benefits to the two peoples, Hu said, adding that strengthening bilateral strategic cooperation is in the interests of both countries and will serve as a model for the region.

The Chinese president put forward a three-point proposal in a bid to advance bilateral ties in the spirit of mutual benefit and common development.

The Indonesian leader expressed confidence that the two countries will achieve the goal of boosting two-way trade to 80 billion U.S. dollars by 2015.

Indonesia welcomes Chinese companies to participate in major infrastructure projects, manufacturing and energy industry, said Yudhoyono.

The Chinese president was here to attend the two-day APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting.

APEC, a premier economic forum in the Asia-Pacific region, was established in 1989. It has grown to encompass 21 members spanning four continents, and accounts for about 40 percent of the world's population, 57 percent of the global GDP and 48 percent of the world trade.

The APEC CEO summit, an annual forum for representatives of the Asia-Pacific business leaders, is part of a series of meetings organized for leaders and senior officials from all APEC economies.

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