China calls for inclusive and balanced global economic growth

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Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly's seventy-first session. UN Photo/Cia Pak

China is urging more action to reduce inequalities in global development.

Premier Li Keqiang made the appeal in his speech to the UN General Assembly on Wednesday.

Charles Appel reports.

The Chinese Premier called on world leaders to work together to ensure the safe recovery of the global economy.

Any long-term sluggishness would threaten efforts to achieve sustainable development, he stated.

Mr. Li also encouraged countries to pursue economic growth that is strong, sustainable, inclusive and balanced.

Speaking through an interpreter, he also urged richer countries to make good on their aid commitments to developing nations, a form of support known as Official Development Assistance, or "ODA."

"More needs to be done to create an international environment that helps to reduce inequality and imbalance in global development. International institutions should spend their new resources on developing countries on a priority basis. Developed countries should make good on their ODA commitments. And developing countries need to pursue self-development and find paths suited to their national conditions."

Mr. Li also called for more support for Africa and the world's Lesser Developed Countries so that they can "speed up" industrialization, ensure food security and eliminate poverty.

Charles Appel, United Nations.

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