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2015 Imperial Springs International Forum

Date:2015-10-16 Back

Theme Belt and Road Initiative – New Opportunities and New Cooperation

Date October 16–18, 2015

Against the background of the strategic initiatives of the "Silk Road Economic Belt" and "21st Century Maritime Silk Road" proposed by the Chinese Government, Forum participants focused on the opportunities and challenges faced by countries along the Belt and Road. They held in-depth discussions on topics that included how to drive regional economic cooperation and strengthen security collaboration in Asia Pacific and the world at large in order to build a community of mutual interest, shared future, and shared responsibility in which countries understand each other and strive for economic integration and cultural inclusiveness.

Mr. Hu Chunhua, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Secretary of the CPC Provincial Committee of Guangdong, attended the opening ceremony. Five former heads of state or government from Australia, Mexico, Greece, Italy, and Sweden attended the Forum, delivered speeches and conducted meetings and exchanges with Chinese business leaders. About 100 international dignitaries, scholars, business leaders, and media representatives were present.

In his opening speech, Mr. Hu noted that Guangdong's economy was already deeply integrated with the world economy and that further opening-up would be to Guangdong's advantage. He said he sincerely hoped that Guangdong would continue its economic and trade cooperation with the rest of the world in its process of wider opening-up and development within the Belt and Road Initiative. He also said that Guangdong welcomed more foreign enterprises to invest and to develop their businesses for mutual benefit.

Dr. Chau Chak Wing, President of the Australia China Friendship and Exchange Association, observed that while there were common pursuits and interests in the present-day world, there were also differences and disputes. He said that to manage disputes and avoid misunderstanding and misjudgments, we needed to enhance mutual understanding. It was therefore necessary to conduct dialogues, both governmental and non-governmental, formal and informal, which would serve to promote policy coordination, unimpeded trade, financial integration, and greater facilities connectivity. He went on to say that Imperial Springs was an ideal place for these dialogues.

Mr. Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister of Australia, said that today's China was impressing the world with its national strength and was contributing to world peace and development. He believed the core aim of the Forum was to conduct dialogues that would drive economic development in the region.

Forum participants from around the world discussed specific issues related to the Belt and Road Initiative, including regional cooperation and challenges, cross-border financial services, trade and investment, and security. At the same time, the participants exchanged views on how to enhance economic ties, promote regional development, and develop a security outlook for Asia.
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