Chinese President Xi Jinping has called on countries worldwide to pursue openness in global scientific and technological cooperation, promising that China, too, would commit to the common goal of “human peace and development.”

Xi delivered the remarks as he addressed the opening ceremony of the Zhongguancun Forum, joining the event by video link on Friday. This year’s forum, themed “Intelligence, Health and Carbon Neutrality” is taking place from September 24 to 28.

With the novel coronavirus pandemic still raging across the globe, and climate change being pushed to the forefront of national agendas, the president urged the world to open up in the fields of science and technology, strengthening cooperation in pursuing common goals. (RT)