CHINA - President Xi Jinping reiterated China's adherence to the path of peaceful development and its vow to never seek hegemony on Saturday, adding it will assume more international responsibilities and participate more in international affairs and system reforms.
Xi made the remarks in Beijing, when he met the foreign participants of a meeting of the 21st Century Council, a top global think tank.
He said China is a constructive agent in promoting world peace and development, and will continue to learn from advanced development concepts and other countries' experiences to harmoniously develop with other nations.
"Understanding China" was the theme of the conference, which lasted from Friday to Sunday. It is intended to discover how China will develop in the coming decade and discuss its development road and global governance role.
Xi said the meeting enhanced mutual understanding between China and the world. The nation has made remarkable achievements in development but remains the largest developing country.
He noted China's development has a long way to go. Solving development problems and improving people's livelihoods remain the country's top priorities.
China's economic growth is steadily improving. In the first half of this year, China's GDP increased 7.6 per cent compared with the same periods last year. An in the third quarter this year, the growth was 7.8 per cent compared with last year.
Xi said China is experiencing the transformation of its development mode and economic structural adjustment. He is confident there are sufficient factors to support China's sustainable and healthy economic development.
Premier Li Keqiang attended the opening ceremony of the conference on Friday afternoon.
Li said China will expand its opening up, deepen comprehensive reform and create a peaceful and stable international environment. He expects the 21st Century Council to play a bigger role in strengthening cooperation between China and the world.
More than 40 council members gathered in Beijing, including former heads of state, top intellectuals and business leaders. The council arranges two-day discussions on China's policies, economy, diplomacy and defence.