Chinese President Xi Jinping attended the opening ceremony of the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2021 via video link on Tuesday and delivered a keynote speech.
President Xi said China will honor its commitment of making vaccines a global public good.
China will continue anti-COVID cooperation with the World Health Organization and other countries and do more to help developing countries defeat the virus, Xi said.
Xi stressed following the principles of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, and upholding true multilateralism.
Xi said that China will work with all willing participants to build the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) into a pathway to poverty alleviation and growth.
By 2030, Belt and Road projects could help lift 7.6 million people from extreme poverty and 32 million people from moderate poverty across the world, Xi said, citing a World Bank report.
"We will act in the spirit of openness and inclusiveness as we work with all willing participants to build the BRI into a pathway to poverty alleviation and growth, which will contribute positively to the common prosperity of humankind," he said.
Xi called for efforts to bolster international cooperation on the research and development, production and distribution of vaccines in the ongoing fight against COVID-19.
He said that efforts should be made to ensure that everyone in the world can access and afford the vaccines they need.
Xi said that diversity is what defines our world and makes human civilization fascinating.
Xi said that the key role of the World Health Organization (WHO) must be given full play in the ongoing fight against COVID-19.
"We must put people and their lives above anything else, scale up information sharing and collective efforts, and enhance public health and medical cooperation," he said while delivering a keynote speech via video at the opening ceremony of the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2021.