Global Times Diplomats’ Forum discusses reform and opening-up
The Global Times Diplomats’ Forum themed “the 40th anniversary of reform and opening-up” took place at the China World Hotel Beijing on January 31, during which over 100 guests including diplomats, government officials, experts, scholars and entrepreneurs came together to talk about the influences of China’s reform and opening-up throughout the world in terms of diplomacy, economy and culture.
The reform and opening-up policy has been a source of vitality and the driving force for China’s development since it was adopted in 1978. It led to the entrance of the first group of foreign companies including Panasonic, Coca-Cola and Boeing. The number of foreign companies has soared to over 400,000 in 2017, with the traffic of inbound travel to China surpassing 100 million.
Li Junru, the former vice president of the Party School of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), gave a speech in which he discussed the great achievements of the past 40 years and future development. “As socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era, the principal contradiction facing Chinese society has evolved to be that between unbalanced and inadequate development and the people’s ever-growing needs for a better life,” said Li, adding that the government must push hard to improve the quality and effect of development and meet people’s growing material and cultural needs, as well as their increasing demands for democracy, rule of law, fairness and justice, security and a better environment.
Diplomats and research fellows on the panel for diplomacy
Nepalese Ambassador to China Leela Mani Paudyal (left) shares his opinions on culture.
Panel guests and representatives discuss the economy.
Mexican Ambassador to China José Luis Bernal Rodríguez (middle) shares his views on China’s economy.
Norwegian Ambassador to China Geir O. Pedersen (middle) shares his opinions on diplomacy.
Ding Yifan, a research fellow of the Development Research Center of the State Council, delivers a speech.
Li Junru gives a speech.
Hans Dietmar Schweisgut gives remarks.