The First Chinese Leader Appears at Davos World Economic Forum

The First Chinese Leader Appears at Davos World Economic Forum

DAVOS, SWITZERLAND – On January 17th, Chinese President Xi Jinping became the first Chinese leader to attend the World Economics Forum in Davos Switzerland. and make a speech.  

At about 11 o’clock in the morning local time, the Chinese president and his wife, Peng Liyuan, along with other delegates such as the President of the Swiss Confederation Doris Leuthard, WEF founder and Executive Chairman Klaus Schwab and his wife, were escorted into the Plenary Hall, where the audience was enthusiastically applause.

Doris Leuthard, in his opening remarks, thanked the Chinese president for coming to the World Economic Forum annual meeting. The Chinese president then delivered an important speech.

“China’s development is an opportunity for the world; China has not only benefited from economic globalization but also contributed to it. Rapid growth in China has been a sustained, powerful engine for global economic stability and expansion. The interconnected development of China and a large number of other countries has made the world economy more balanced. China’s remarkable achievement in poverty reduction has contributed to more inclusive global growth. And China’s continuous progress in reform and opening-up has lent much momentum to an open world economy.”

Schwab said, in the context of today’s world is full of complexity and uncertainty, Xi Jinping and his visit to the World Economic Forum annual meeting address has a great historical significance.

The Chinese president’s speech shows that China will continue to grow as a key leading role in the world economy. Their commitment to promoting strategic reform processes shows China will continue to advance to promote globalization.

Xi’s speech sends an important message to the world: injected positive energy brings us a new way of inspiring confidence. China’s dream and the dream of the world are the same. Stakeholders should also unite together to take responsibility for improving the world to achieve a healthy, green, wealthy and work towards the goal of peace.

Cynthia Wang, freshman, is really proud of China’s development over the past few years.

“I feel really proud as a Chinese [citizen] when I knew this, because this was the first time that a Chinese leader made a speech on such a famous event. It is definitely because of our improvements we have made over years.”

Mr. Jason DeVoir, the high school theology teacher, believed that the Chinese President’s speech was aimed at the newest U.S. President in particular aside from the rest of the world.

I think in some ways it was directed at the new President of the U.S., even though at the time he gave his statement, [it] was a few days before Donald Trump became President. I think the President of China is concerned with what some people might perceive as an isolationist view or protectionism that President Trump may have and that heavier tariffs will be put upon China’s products. China’s President is obviously looking out for his country just as our President is looking out for ours. I guess we will see how this is all shakes out in the near future.