Global Times Diplo­mats’ Fo­rum dis­cusses reform and open­ing-up

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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.

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Diplo­mats and re­search fel­lows on the panel for diplo­macy

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Nepalese Am­bas­sador to China Leela Mani Paudyal (left) shares his opin­ions on cul­ture.

Photo: Li Hao/GT

Panel guests and rep­re­sen­ta­tives dis­cuss the econ­omy.

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Mex­i­can Am­bas­sador to China José Luis Ber­nal Ro­dríguez (mid­dle) shares his views on China’s econ­omy.

Photo: Li Hao/GT

Nor­we­gian Am­bas­sador to China Geir O. Ped­er­sen (mid­dle) shares his opin­ions on diplo­macy.

Photo: Li Hao/GT

Ding Yi­fan, a re­search fel­low of the De­vel­op­ment Re­search Cen­ter of the State Coun­cil, de­liv­ers a speech.

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Li Junru gives a speech.

Photo: Li Hao/GT

Hans Di­et­mar Sch­weisgut gives re­marks.

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