The International Community needs to reread and implement the ideas proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the 23rd St. Petersburg International Economic Forum a year ago, a Russian Scholar has said.

In his address to the plenary session of the forum on June 7, 2019, Xi said China stands ready to make joint efforts with the international community to create an open & pluralistic world economy, a happy society that is inclusive and benefits all, and a beautiful homeland with harmonious coexistence between humanity and nature, and explore a new path of sustainable development.

“President Xi spoke at the forum about building a common house for humanity, about how all the nations can move together towards a harmonious future,” said Alexei Rodionov, senior deputy dean of the Faculty of Asian and African Studies at St. Petersburg State University.

In a recent interview, Rodionov said he was impressed by Xi’s idea of integrating the international cooperation under China’s Belt and Road Initiative into the general progress of mankind towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030.

“A year ago, Xi said that China was ready to open up to the world more. It seems to me that what he spoke about deepening openness then is fully consistent with the interests of China and the whole world,” he said.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected people’s lives and economic activities globally, China has effectively contained the spread of the coronavirus and is now providing aid to others, the scholar noted, stressing “this mutual assistance makes it possible to build new relations between nations.”

Rodionov suggested rereading Xi’s speech at the forum last year and thinking about how to implement his ideas.

“It is time to carry out the ideas voiced by President Xi about sustainable development, cooperation, harmonious international relations and a multidimensional world economy,” the scholar said.