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2017 Imperial Springs International Forum

Date:2017-11-28 Back

Theme Global Governance and China's Perspective

Date November 28–29, 2017

Over 20 former heads of state and government and more than 80 experts and business leaders conducted in-depth discussions on the challenges and opportunities of global governance today, as well as China's perspectives on a number of areas. 

Dignitaries giving speeches at the Forum's opening ceremony were Mr. Li Xi, Secretary of the CPC Provincial Committee of Guangdong; Madam Li Xiaolin, President of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries; Dr. Chau Chak Wing, President of Australia China Friendship and Exchange Association; Mr. Donald Rabindranauth Ramotar, former President of Guyana; and Madam Vaira Vike-Freiberga, former President of Latvia and President of the World Leadership Alliance - Club de Madrid. 

Three break-out sessions were organized with the themes of "Origin and Current State of Global Governance", "Institutions and Mechanisms of Global Governance" and "Global Governance and China's Perspectives".

On November 29th, Mr. Wang Chen, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, met with the 20 former dignitaries who were participating in the Forum.

On November 30th, the day after the Forum, His Excellency Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China, met with the foreign participants in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing and took a group photo with them.

President Xi shared his views on China's development pathway, as well as China's principles and its role in global governance. He noted that the old and new friends of the World Leadership Alliance from all parts of the world had made tremendous contributions to promoting exchanges between China and the rest of the world and he was impressed by their efforts. He expressed his hope that they would bring their experience and perspectives to China in order to contribute to China's development and to mutual understanding and friendship between the Chinese people and other peoples.

A number of Forum participants spoke at the meeting, including Madam Vaira Vike-Freiberga, former President of Latvia and President of the World Leadership Alliance - Club de Madrid; Mr. Romano Prodi, former Prime Minister of Italy and former President of the European Commission; Mr. Ricardo Lagos, former President of the Republic of Chile; Mr. Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria; Mr. Ban Ki-moon, former Secretary-General of the United Nations; Mr. Yukio Hatoyama, former Prime Minister of Japan; and Dr. Chau Chak Wing, President of the Australia China Friendship and Exchange Association.

Also present at the meeting were Mr. Ding Xuexiang, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, Member of the CPC Central Committee Secretariat, and Director of General Office of the CPC Central Committee; Mr. Wang Chen, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress; Mr. Liu He, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and General Office Director of the Central Leading Group for Financial and Economic Affairs; and Mr. Yang Jiechi, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and State Councilor of the State Council.

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