He said the event is aimed at strengthening connections and mutually beneficial cooperation between local governments on both sides.
"As an isolated island, Hainan can only develop and catch up with the pace of the country's growth with the world's highest degree of opening-up," said Chi Fulin, head of the Hainan-based China Institute for Reform and Development.
Representatives of the two sides also will have positive exchanges under such frameworks as the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, the Eastern Economic Forum and the China-Russia Expo, Putin said.
The Defense Ministry, responding to a journalist's question in an online statement about the issue, demanded that the US "halt all forms of military links between the United States and Taiwan, as well as all forms of weapon sales to Taiwan".
Exchanges in international energy, shipping, commodities and carbon trading will be established in Hainan. The island will also focus on developing modern service industries such as tourism, the Internet, healthcare, finance and hosting conferences and exhibitions.
Noting the Taiwan question is a fundamental interest of the Chinese nation, Xi called on businesspeople from Taiwan to oppose "Taiwan independence" and push for the peaceful development of cross-Straits relations.
Zhu said while Xinjiang's social situation has been stabilized, it is still in a phase in which terrorist activities are active. He warned that the fight against separatism and terrorism is a long-term one.
"The Chinese government has offered these short courses through bilateral support. The first batch of twenty Gambians would be departing today (Wednesday evening)," he said.
In the footage, he is seen giving tourists directions, getting water for a baby and even helping a neighbor sell yogurt.
Xi's speech highlighted Hainan's special advantages -- including its status as China's biggest SEZ, its unique geographic location and the best ecological environment in the country, as reasons to make it a test ground for reform and opening up.