G20 will better connect China and world

Source:Global Times Published: 2014-11-17 0:13:01

China will host world leaders for the G20 summit in 2016, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said at the conclusion of the G20 summit in Brisbane over the weekend. The news has generated excitement in China.

Beijing has just finished hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting, prompting much public discussion over whether it is worth it for China to host such international events. Now even on the Internet, where it's impossible to please everyone, there are voices welcoming the G20. People have gradually realized the positive impact that APEC has brought to China; good air in Beijing during the summit, for example. At the international level, we can also gain experience from hosting such international events.

The new century has witnessed a growing number of international conferences, but their influence tends to offset one another. Sometimes a conference may merely be a show, nothing more than a publicity play. This shows that the international community lacks forces driving forward solutions to global problems. Also, discrepancies between countries strip people of the confidence needed to effectively implement agreements signed during conferences.

The G20 summit in Brisbane has obviously run off the rails. One of its key themes was boosting growth and employment, but the public's attention has been caught by the rivalry between the West and Russia. Brisbane has become yet another stage for the US and its allies to counter Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin is believed to have left the summit early as a show of protest. The public had little expectation that the summit would achieve anything.

There were conflicts under the surface of Beijing's APEC meeting, but China managed to dilute them and turn the focus to Asia-Pacific cooperation. The US and Russia didn't pick a fight, stakeholders in the South China Sea disputes practiced restraint, and even the icy Sino-Japanese relationship saw a breakthrough.

How could such differences occur? First, China has the determination and responsibility to hold successful international conferences. Second, it is powerful enough to exert an influence on all parties. It will not act as a stage for any of these countries play out their rivalries. Third, China is a powerful mediator. It has maintained robust relations with both developing and developed countries; therein lies its advantage.

When China holds an international event, it is an opportunity for China to bring the full range of its formidable resources to bear. Such events are an opportunity for the world to understand China anew. Likewise, they are an opportunity for China to re-examine itself.

APEC has ended, and the G20 summit is soon to arrive. We also expect that Beijing and Zhangjiakou's bid to host the winter Olympic Games will be successful. China's rise will see it host more international events. Although there may be problems associated with these events, we are willing to accept them.

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