Davos will once again witness China’s mutual achievements with the world: Global Times editorial
Published: Jan 15, 2024 01:07 AM


The highly anticipated World Economic Forum, also known as the "Davos Forum," will be held in Davos, Switzerland, from January 15 to 19. More than 2,800 representatives from over 120 countries and regions are gathering together to explore the future of the world economy under the theme of "Rebuilding Trust." Chinese Premier Li Qiang will attend the opening ceremony of the forum and deliver a speech as an invited leader.

This year's forum is held against the backdrop of the most complex geopolitical and geo-economic situation in decades, summarized by Western media as the four "C"s: conflict, the new cold war, climate, and chaos. The international community has high expectations for the forum, with over 300 dignitaries in attendance, including more than 60 heads of state and government, hoping that Davos will become an accelerator for promoting cooperation. China's active participation and demonstration of an open, cooperative attitude undoubtedly represent a positive signal that all participants hope to see, as it is the greatest certainty and reliable force amid geopolitical and global economic uncertainties.

Since its first participation in the annual meeting in 1979, China has been an active participant in the Davos Forum, which has also become the best witness to China's integration and mutual development with the world. Today, the Davos Forum has become an important occasion for Chinese leaders to clarify China's development concepts to the outside world, and representatives from all parties hope to hear China's voice here. From the speech by the Chinese premier to the discussions on China's economy and sustainable development in various events of the forum, this Davos Forum will continue to demonstrate China's firm attitude toward deepening opening-up and supporting globalization, and continue to write the story of China's integrated development and mutual achievements with the world.

As an important annual occasion to check the pulse of the global economy, this year's Davos Forum not only continues last year's main tone of "Cooperation in a Fragmented World," but also once again issues an early warning about the dangers of division and confrontation in the world. It points directly to the serious trust crisis, a core issue facing the world today. The forum hopes to provide new opportunities for growth and create new conditions for development for the world economy, which is struggling to recover, by discussing the basic principles of rebuilding trust. As executive chairman of the World Economic Forum Klaus Schwab noted, the current level of pessimism is unprecedented and rebuilding trust in the future is crucial. "These holistic narratives require global, national, and local cooperation."

In terms of promoting the world in rebuilding trust and accelerating economic recovery, Davos and China share a consistent stance of advocating the resolution of major crises through unity and cooperation, abandoning zero-sum games and returning to win-win cooperation, and opposing "decoupling" and "small courtyard with high walls." In particular, the core topics discussed this year, such as creating growth and employment for the new era, promoting economic and social development with artificial intelligence, and implementing long-term climate, natural and energy strategies, are in line with Chinese modernization that China is currently promoting. The narrative of promoting countries to work together to respond to challenges, achieve common prosperity, and build a global community with a shared future is what China has been working hard to advocate and implement. The alignment between China and Davos Forum illustrates the mainstream of the world and the aspirations of the people.

It is necessary to emphasize that in the current environment of continued weak global economy, rebuilding trust can never be achieved through the so-called "de-Sinicization." It can only be achieved by continuously deepening cooperation with China and starting with truly understanding the inseparable integrated development of China and the world. In the future-oriented economic framework, a multi-dimensional, diverse and dynamic China, as well as a China that is steadfast in deepening opening-up and supporting globalization, is for sure a development opportunity and partner for all countries in the world.

The organizers of the Davos Forum raised this question about the outlook for this annual meeting on their official website: Will the coming year be a period of "permacrisis"? Or will 2024 be a time for resolution and recovery? Regarding this issue, the positive signal sent by China, the world's second largest economy and where the opportunities for future prosperity of the global economy lie, is exactly what Davos wants to hear the most, and it is also what the world wants to hear the most.