GENEVA, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) -- Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF), praised on Friday Chinese president Xi Jinping's commitment last week to act as a responsible leader amid lingering challenges tainting the international landscape.
"President Xi sent a clear message in Davos that he believes China's future not only lies within the international community, but that it is also ready to act as a responsive and responsible leader by helping create a fairer, more equitable and sustainable world," Schwab told Xinhua in a written interview.
"As President Xi himself identified, a coordinated and interconnected approach to global cooperation can produce a 'win-win' for the world, as it looks to navigate a path forward through a world beset by slow, uneven growth and the realities of climate change and terrorism," he added.
Xi paid a state visit to Switzerland on Jan. 15-19. During his visit, he met with his Swiss counterpart Doris Leuthard, opened the 47th WEF annual meeting in Davos and convened with high level international organization representatives in Geneva and Lausanne.
In Davos, the Chinese president called on the international community to face up to the problems caused by the globalization instead of dodging them.
Xi stressed the importance of developing a dynamic innovation-driven growth model, a model of open and win-win cooperation featuring a well-coordinated and inter-connected approach, and a model of fair and equitable governance in keeping with the trend of the times, and a balanced, equitable and inclusive development model.
Schwab said that many of the points raised by Xi were relevant to the Forum's theme this year: Responsive and Responsible Leadership.
"The priorities set out by President Xi are entirely consistent with these aims," the German economics professor highlighted while lauding the leadership qualities of the Chinese president.
"For me, true leadership incorporates brains, soul and heart: which means leaders must have intelligence, wisdom, passion and compassion," he said, adding that "few leaders have been able to combine all these traits, but President Xi is among those who have."