China-WTO Head/China's Initiatives

China's initiatives bring countries closer together to cope with global challenges: WTO head

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FILE: Geneva, Switzerland - July 26, 2018 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
1. Various of WTO headquarters, WTO logo

Shanghai Municipality, east China - Nov 5, 2018 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Roberto Azevedo, Director-General of World Trade Organization (WTO) (partially overlaid with shot 3-5, ending with shot 6):
"I think in general, if you look at the future, and we have the WTO Public Forum this year, which had more than 3,000 people from civil society, businesses, academia. Everybody was discussing the future of trade. They were looking at 2030 and thinking what would the world look like and what would trade look like in 2030. We're talking only 12 years from now, and every single participant and every single panelist in those conversations pointed to a world that meant more integration, [being] even more connected. The digital transformation is going to connect people in ways that are not even possible to imagine today, let alone 12 years from now. So globalization in the sense of further integration, further global integration, it's not an option. It is a reality. It is going to happen. It's like somebody saying I'm against globalization, it's essentially saying 'I'm against breathing'. You don't have an option, you have to breath or you die. Globalization is going to be the future and I think this vision of China fits with this reality, which is that the world is going to be smaller, distances are going to be smaller. The connection between cultures is going to be much more intense and that reality will have to be simulated in a positive way. You cannot reject that. You cannot reject new technologies, you cannot reject the progress of a closer and more integrated world. What you have to do is embrace it, adapt and be ready for that. Now, that vision of China fits precisely into this challenge."

FILE: China - Date Unknown (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
3. Aerial shots of port scene, containers

FILE: Beijing, China - Date Unknown (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
4. Various of Tian'anmen Square with Chinese national flag

FILE: Shanghai, China - Date Unknown (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
5. Various of skyscrapers along Huangpu River
6. Traffic on flyovers

Shanghai Municipality, east China - Nov 5, 2018 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Roberto Azevedo, Director-General of World Trade Organization (WTO) (partially overlaid with shots 8-10):
"Absolutely, I think the whole notion behind the Belt and Road is that countries should connect more. They should have reciprocal gains in their economic relations. There are many challenges, even between neighbors you have challenges in infrastructure sometimes. Countries sometimes are right beside each other but they trade more with different partners than with themselves. Sometimes it's because of infrastructure, sometimes it's because of a lack of opportunities, or regulatory impediments, barriers at the border. All those things sometimes are just a result of inaction. I think the Belt and Road initiative tries to break down these barriers, make sure that the countries that have potentialities, particularly in relation to geographical proximity, that they fully realize those potentialities. It's still in the early stages, but we see that there is a lot of excitement about the Belt and Road Initiative. Many countries, not only China, are talking about this, they are working toward this kind of further interconnectivity and integration. And I am positive about the future developments here."

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FILE: Johannesburg, South Africa - Date Unknown (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
8. Various of auto production line, workers

FILE: Myanmar - Exact location, date unknown (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
9. Various of construction site

FILE: Xi'an City, Shaanxi Province, northwest China - Exact date unknown (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
10. Aerial shot of China-Europe freight train
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FILE: Shanghai Municipality, east China - Oct 8, 2018 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland) 11. Various of Flags

Storyline


China's proposals for creating a community with a shared future and its Belt and Road Initiative has helped boost global integration and bring countries closer together which is conducive to dealing with common global challenges, according to the World Trade Organization(WTO)'s Director-General, Roberto Azevedo.

Azevedo made the remarks in an interview with China Central Television (CCTV) on Monday in Shanghai, where the inaugural China International Import Expo (CIIE) is currently taking place.

Azevedo said that Chinese President Xi Jinping's proposal to create a community with a shared future is highly consistent with the principle of the UN Charter and, in a world full of uncertainties, serves the common interests of the international community.

The WTO chief pointed out the importance of the CIIE, and said that trade was also the central topic at last month's WTO Public Forum in Geneva, which gathered 3,000 experts.

"Everybody was discussing the future of trade. They were looking at 2030 and thinking what would the world look like and what would trade look like in 2030. We're talking only 12 years from now, and every single participant and every single panelist in those conversations pointed to a world that meant more integration, [being] even more connected. The digital transformation is going to connect people in ways that are not even possible to imagine today, let alone 12 years from now," he said.

With regards to the rise in protectionism in some countries, Azevedo said that globalization is an increasing trend and is becoming an unavoidable reality, likening it to the need to breath.

"It's like somebody saying I'm against globalization, it's essentially saying 'I'm against breathing'. You don't have an option, you have to breath or you die," he said.

Azevedo believes that further global integration is the way forward, and believes that China's vision is at the forefront of these developments.

"Globalization is going to be the future and I think this vision of China fits with this reality, which is that the world is going to be smaller, distances are going to be smaller. The connection between cultures is going to be much more intense and that reality will have to be simulated in a positive way. You cannot reject that. You cannot reject new technologies, you cannot reject the progress of a closer and more integrated world. What you have to do is embrace it, adapt and be ready for that. Now, that vision of China fits precisely into this challenge," he said.

The WTO chief also hailed China's Belt and Road Initiative, which was first proposed by President Xi back in 2013 and has since helped accelerate the development of countries along the route while promoting deeper cooperation around the globe.

"I think the whole notion behind the Belt and Road is that countries should connect more. They should have reciprocal gains in their economic relations. There are many challenges, even between neighbors you have challenges in infrastructure sometimes. Countries sometimes are right beside each other but they trade more with different partners than with themselves. Sometimes it's because of infrastructure, sometimes it's because of a lack of opportunities, or regulatory impediments, barriers at the border. All those things sometimes are just a result of inaction," he said.

"I think the Belt and Road initiative tries to break down these barriers, make sure that the countries that have potentialities, particularly in relation to geographical proximity, that they fully realize those potentialities," said Azevedo, adding that he is positive about the further levels of interconnectivity and integration that the initiative will foster in the future.



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  • ID : 8095221
  • Published : 2018-11-08 12:19
  • Last Modified : 2018-11-08 12:19:29
  • Location : Shanghai,China
  • Category : economy, business and finance,society
  • Duration : 3'49
  • Audio Language : English/Nats/Part Mute
  • Source : China Central Television (CCTV),China Global Television Network (CGTN)
  • Restrictions : No access Chinese mainland
  • Version : 2
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