Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli addresses the opening ceremony of the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2017 in Boao, south China's Hainan Province, March 25, 2017. (Xinhua/Wang Ye)
BOAO, Hainan, March 25 (Xinhua) -- Big nations should not damage stability or the strategic balance for selfish gain, Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli said on Saturday.
Instead, they should recognize their responsibility for global peace and play a constructive role in international affairs, Zhang said in a speech to the 2017 conference of the Boao Forum for Asia, held in south China's Hainan province.
Zhang called for strengthened strategic cooperation and mutual trust, saying big nations should respect each others' core interests and major concerns.
In some regional issues, countries should take recourse to dialogue to settle disputes in a peaceful way, he said, adding that more cooperation is needed to address terrorism, climate change, refugees and natural disasters.
"Economic globalization can not be realized without a peaceful environment," Zhang said.
Given rising protectionism around the world, China is striving to renew momentum for globalization, advocating free trade and more cooperation.
Under the theme "Globalization and Free Trade: The Asian Perspectives," the four-day conference runs until March 26 and is expected to rally support for inclusive globalization.