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Boao annual conference opens, urging Asian countries to cooperate in financial crisis

Source: Xinhua | 04-18-2009 11:55

Special Report:   Boao Forum for Asia 2009

BOAO, Hainan, April 18 (Xinhua) -- The Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2009 officially opened here in the scenic Boao town of south China's Hainan Province on Saturday, focusing on the role of Asian countries, especially emerging economies in this region, amid the global financial crisis.

Leaders take a family photo before the opening plenary of Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2009 in Boao, a scenic town in south China’s Hainan Province, April 18, 2009. The BFA Annual Conference 2009 opened here on Saturday with the theme of "Asia: Managing Beyond Crisis".(Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)
Leaders take a family photo before the opening plenary of 
Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2009 in Boao, 
a scenic town in south China's Hainan Province, April 18, 
2009. The BFA Annual Conference 2009 opened here on Saturday 
with the theme of "Asia: Managing Beyond Crisis".
(Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao delivered a keynote speech, "Strengthen confidence and deepen cooperation for win-win progress", at opening plenary meeting.

He said that the conference, with "Asia: Managing Beyond Crisis" as its theme, is a highly important one. It will contribute to our efforts to build consensus, strengthen confidence, deepen cooperation and overcome the crisis.

Wen introduced the steps China has taken to cope with the severe impact of the global financial crisis, saying the country's package plan is already "paying off", and positive changes have taken place in the economy.