Former President of the Republic of Croatia Stjepan Mesić invited to the 2nd CIIE
7 Nov 2019


Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the opening ceremony of the 2nd CIIE and delivers a keynote speech


On November 5, 2019, the 2nd China International Import Expo (referred to as "the 2nd CIIE") opened at the National Convention and Exhibition Center in Shanghai. Chinese President Xi Jinping attended the Expo and delivered a keynote speech entitled "Openness and Cooperation for a Shared Future", stressing that all countries should adopt a more open mind and measures to jointly build an open world economy through cooperation, innovation and for mutual benefit. It is reiterated that China will open its door only wider to the world. China insists on promoting reform, development and innovation through opening up, and continues to push forward a higher level of opening up to the outside world.


Group photo of President Xi Jinping, Stjepan Mesić (front row, sixth from right) and media representatives from foreign think tanks attending the forum "China's 70-Years Development and the Construction of the Community with a shared Future for mankind"


On November 5, Stjepan Mesic, senior adviser of the SRCIC and former President of Croatia, was invited to attend the sub-forum "China's 70-Years Development and the Construction of the Community with a shared Future for mankind" under the 2nd Hongqiao International Economic Forum.


Stjepan Mesic said in his speech that he was impressed by China's achievements in poverty reduction under the banner of socialism. A total of 850 million Chinese people have been lifted out of poverty and have contributed more than 70 percent to the cause of global poverty reduction. "I would like to congratulate the industrious and brave Chinese people, who are the main driving force behind China's development to this day. China has become a leader with the United States in areas such as 5G technology." He said that China's holding of the CIIE is a very strong response to the trend of world trade protectionism.


He stressed that China is the only country in today's world that has a global perspective and hopes to build a better world for all. China has the ability to drive the world order towards multipolarization and new multilateralism. Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a very good proof. In his view, the BRI is bound to change the world political structure reflecting the order of power over the past few centuries. “It will take us a long time to eliminate the pain of geopolitics, populism, protectionism and so on.”


Stjepan Mesić has visited China many times and witnessed with his own eyes how China has created many economic miracles and made the impossible possible. "I believe that China, together with other countries, will eventually build a community of shared future for mankind.


Photo of Stjepan Mesić with Vice Chairman & Secretary General of SRCIC Li Zhonghang at the closing ceremony of 2018Silk Road Business Summit (Zhangjiajie)


Source: People's Daily, Xinhua News Agency,