Chinese Vice President attends 2018 Imperial Springs International Forum

GUANGZHOU, Dec.10 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan on Monday said China will follow the trend of history, adapt to and lead economic globalization while eliminating its side effects, maintain the rules-based multilateral trading system, enhance equal consultation and cooperation, and jointly build an innovative, inclusive and open world economy.

The remarks came as Wang attended the opening ceremony of the 2018 Imperial Springs International Forum in China's southern city of Guangzhou.

Some 200 former world leaders, renowned scholars and business elites gathered here to exchange their views on "Advancing Reform and Opening-up, Promoting Win-win cooperation".

This year marks the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening-up, which, according to Wang, is a glorious chapter for the Chinese nation's great rejuvenation history, and not only profoundly changed China, but also deeply influenced the world.

Reviewing China's reform and opening-up, Wang stressed that the process is linked to the exploration and practices of socialism carried out 30 years before 1978, the history of Chinese people's struggle for national rejuvenation since 1840, as well as the sufferings and glory of the Chinese nation over the past 5,000 years.

"The sufferings and glory of history are the source of the present." said Wang, adding that socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era and the Chinese nation is closer to the goal of great rejuvenation than any other time in history.

Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan delivers a keynote speech during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Imperial Springs International Forum in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong Province, Dec. 10, 2018. (Xinhua/Zhang Ling)