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China receives praise during G20 for growing economy

Updated: Sep 5,2016 5:15 PM

The world’s attention is currently on China, as the country is hosting the G20 Summit, as well as the B20 Summit, in picturesque Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, during Sept 3-5. The world’s second-largest economy has been hailed by political and business heavyweights, and scholars from across the world for its relentless efforts and determination to help tackle a number of global issues, including the economy, environment, corruption and poverty. Here are some of the remarks.

“With the strong economic push by the Chinese government, we were able to achieve the No 1 goal of millennium development. We owe a lot to the Chinese government’s contribution.”

- Ban Ki-moon, secretary-general of the United Nations

“China sets an example by being confident in its own economy at a time when the global economy is beset with difficulties.”

- Michel Temer, president of Brazil

“China is continuing to grow, despite complicated global conditions. We must study its experience to learn from its successful practices.”

- Enrique Pena Nieto, president of Mexico

“We now have a very solid agenda, I think, that China has put together ... We can disagree on some things, but the fundamentals have to be addressed collectively.”

- Angel Gurria, head of Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

“The fight against climate change remains difficult and urgent, but having heavy-hitters like China and the US on your side is extremely heartening.”

- Erik Solheim, head of UN environment program

“China has been very efficient in its fight against poverty, thanks to globalization, not despite it.”

- Daniel Funes de Rioja, vice-president of Argentina’s Industrial Union

“He [President Xi Jinping] had a great phrase about green mountains and clean waters being better than gold and silver mines, and how it [green growth] is important to the development of China.”

- Bob Dudley, BP’s group chief executive

“For the first time, Thailand was invited to the meeting, which shows how China links developed and developing countries.”

- Kavi Chongkittavorn, senior fellow at Institute of Security and International Studies in Thailand

“I think what President Xi Jinping stressed goes in tandem with the Belt and Road Initiative dating back to 2013.”

- Christos Vlachos, managing partner at Silky Finance in Athens

“It is evident that China is open-minded in helping shape a win-win and sharing global economy by injecting sustainable impetus.”

- Davis Laurier, CEO of AppliTek, and environmental analyzer and integrated solutions provider in Belgium

“With a large population and now the world’s second-largest economy, China will continue to play an important part in contributing to the world economy.”

- Mary Andringa, president and CEO of Vermeer Corp, a leading heavy equipment maker