Overview

Imperial Springs International Forum

A new high-end platform for in-depth exchanges between China and the world

The Imperial Springs International Forum was founded in 2014. The Forum is co-hosted by the Australia China Friendship and Exchange Association (ACFEA), the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), the Guangdong Provincial People's Government, and the World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid. The Imperial Springs International Convention Center, Conghua District, Guangzhou, where the Imperial Springs International Forum is held, is roughly 80 kilometers from downtown Guangzhou and 65 kilometers from Guangzhou's Baiyun International Airport. Surrounded by mountains, rivers, fresh air and beautiful scenery, Imperial Springs is home to world-famous hot springs.

 

The forum aims to promote understanding and consensus among different parties through discussions on important topics such as international peace, economic development, and cultural exchange, in order to further regional and global cooperation. It has become a new high-end platform for in-depth exchanges between China and the world. Since its inception in 2014, Imperial Springs International Forum has convened held six times, with the themes of "China-Australia Economic and Trade Relations," "Belt and Road Initiative – New Opportunities and New Cooperation," "Under the Belt and Road Initiative: Inclusive, Sustainable Development and Resilient Cities," "Global Governance and China's Perspective," "Advancing Reform and Opening-up, Promoting Win-Win Cooperation," "Multilateralism and Sustainable Development." These subjects were discussed extensively by former political leaders and renowned scholars from all over the world.


For three consecutive years from 2017 to 2019, Chinese President Xi Jinping met foreign representatives attending the Imperial Springs International Forum at Beijing's the Great Hall of the People.

 


The Forum's popularity and influence at home and abroad has increased considerably over the years, as can be seen in the growing list of the attendees, including Wang Qishan, Chinese Vice President; 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; Li Xi, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Secretary of the Guangdong Provincial Party Committee; and Hu Chunhua, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, Vice Premier of the State Council and former Secretary of the Guangdong Provincial Party Committee, among other notable Chinese officials.

 

Imperial Springs International Forum

2019

Multilateralism and Sustainable 

Development 


2018

Advancing Reform and Opening Up, Promoting Win-Win Cooperation

2017

Global Governance and China's Perspective

2016

Inclusive, Sustainable and Resilient Cities in the Belt and Road Initiative

2015

Belt and Road Initiative – New Opportunities and New Cooperation

2014

China-Australia economy and trade cooperation

International leaders have included Bill Clinton, former US President; Ban Ki-moon, former UN Secretary-General; Danilo Türk, former Slovenian President and President of World Leadership Alliance – Club de Madrid; Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, former Latvian President; John Howard, former Australian Prime Minister; Philip Michael Jeffery, Former Governor-General of Australia; Yukio Hatoyama, former Japanese Prime Minister; Kim Campbell, former Canadian Prime Minister; and Olusegun Obasanjo, former Nigerian President; Neil Bush, son of Former US President George H.W. Bush and Chairman of the George H.W. Bush Foundation for US – China Relations; Nathalie de Gaulle, great granddaughter of Former French President Charles de Gaulle, among other esteem guests have attended the forum.

 

The forum has become a bridge that links China and the world, as well as a window for understanding China and its most populous province Guangdong. It provides creative, constructive and forward-looking ideas on crucial issues for the international community. These dialogues will help advance a more representative, inclusive and fair global governance system.

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