Remarks by Mr. Ke Yousheng on Recovery from the Pandemic at the 8th Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development

Dear Chair,

Ladies and gentlemen,

The rare-in-a-century COVID-19 pandemic has plunged the world's economic and social development into a serious crisis. The theme of this forum is "Sustainable and resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia and the Pacific", which reflects the urgent desire of all parties in the Asia-Pacific to effectively respond to the pandemic and accelerate the post-pandemic reconstruction.

At present, fighting the pandemic is still the most urgent task our world facing. China adheres to the concept of “people first and life first”, and through hard and arduous efforts, China has achieved major strategic achievements in the fight against the pandemic. While doing a good job in fighting it at home, China has actively carried out international cooperation in the fight against the pandemic.

Vaccine is a powerful weapon to defeat the pandemic. President Xi Jinping solemnly declared to the world that Chinese vaccines will serve as a global public product and make China's contribution to the realization of the availability and affordability of vaccines in developing countries. China has decided to provide 10 million doses of vaccine to the “COVID-19 Vaccine Implementation Plan” to support developing countries’ fight against the pandemic. So far, China has provided vaccine assistance to 69 countries and two international organizations, and exported vaccines to 28 countries. China will also donate 300,000 doses of vaccine to UN peacekeepers. China has always demonstrated the responsibility of a responsible major country with practical actions and practiced the spirit of win-win cooperation.

Facing the challenge of the pandemic, all parties should work hard to solve the vaccine "distribution deficit", strengthen international cooperation, join hands to resist vaccine "nationalism", and promote the equitable and reasonable distribution of vaccines, especially to achieve accessibility and affordability in developing countries. We should firmly oppose discrimination, hatred speech, stigma, racism and xenophobia related to the pandemic, and promote social solidarity and tolerance.

Post-pandemic reconstruction in the Asia-Pacific region has a long way to go. All parties must adhere to the people-centered development concept and increase investment in health, education, public services and other fields of people's livelihood. Regional unity should be enhanced, regional multilateral cooperation should be deepened, connectivity and digital economy development should be promoted, and an open, inclusive and sustainable economic growth should be achieved. We should work together to address the challenges of climate change, adhere to green and low-carbon development, and promote the harmonious coexistence of human and nature. It is necessary to strengthen technical support and development assistance to developing countries, and promote the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the region.

Thank you.