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International Think Tank Forum Held in Shenzhen Marking 40th Anniversary of Reform and Opening up

Date: 2018-10-09
On 27 September, the Counsellors’ Office of the State Council (COSC), the CPC Shenzhen Municipal Committee, and the Municipal Government of Shenzhen jointly held the International Think Tank Forum to commemorate the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening up. Titled “40 Years of Reform and Opening up-Changing China and the World”, the forum gathered over 200 participants from six international organizations and 20 countries and regions. Political leaders, academics, and representatives from think tanks and the media enjoyed an in-depth discussion on China’s 40-year journey in reform and opening up and its theories and practices.
 
Mr. Zhang Yantong, Vice Chairman of the COSC, and Mr. Yang Hong, member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Shenzhen Municipal Committee, attended and addressed the forum. Other keynote speakers include Mr. Long Guoqiang, Deputy Director of the Development Research Center of the State Council, Mr. Liu Yanhua, Counsellor at the COSC, Mr. Zhou Li, Vice President of the Chinese People's Association for Peace and Disarmament and former Deputy Minister of the International Department of the Central Committee of the CPC, Mr. Du Qiwen, Special Envoy for China-Pacific Islands Forum Dialogue, member of the Foreign Policy Advisory Committee of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, and former Deputy Director of the Office of Central Foreign Affairs Commission, Mr. Zhu Min, former Deputy Governor of the People’s Bank of China and former Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Mr. Nicolas Chapuis, the  EU Ambassador in China, Mr. Nicholas Rosellini, UN Resident Coordinator & UNDP Resident Representative in China, and Mr. Wang Jingsheng, Counsellor at the COSC. Mr. Jeremy Rifkin, President of the Foundation on Economic Trends of Washington D.C and author the Third Industrial Revolution sent a video message.

The main topics covered were relations between a China in reform and opening up and the world, building a community with a shared future for mankind, developing an open world economy and industrial cooperation, and deepening international think tank cooperation. 

 
                                                  Opening Ceremony of the Forum
 
In his address, Mr. Zhang Yanton noted that 40 years into reform and opening up, China is now at a critical time in history and is geared towards the great renewal of the nation and a strong socialist modern country. Reform and opening up is a social revolution that profoundly changed China and rippled through the world. It brought about China’s fast growth in the past four decades, and will help realize the Chinese dream, i.e. developing China into a strong socialist modern country and realizing the great renewal of the Chinese nation. In a world where the destinies of nations are more than ever intertwined and peace and development are the common goal, China sees as its mission to make new and greater contribution to human progress. To this end, China is ready to join hands with all countries to build a community with a shared future, develop global partnerships, expand good-willed cooperation, so as to encourage a new way of state-to-state interaction featuring mutual respect, fairness and justice, and win-win results and make our world a more peaceful and happier place.
 

 
 
Mr. Yang said in his address that Shenzhen was a forerunner in China’s reform and opening up. Having benefited the most from this policy, this special economic zone is a window into the nationwide drive. The best way to commemorate the policy is to make new progress in its implementation. Shenzhen will stick to reform and opening up and continue to be an important window for the world to see the progress in China. Shenzhen is well prepared to make new contribution to the country as it becomes a modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious, and beautiful.


 
  
 


The Development Research Center of Shenzhen Municipal Government was also an organizer of the forum. This is an effort to mark the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening, encourage the world to know more about China’s progress, and generate more mutual support between the Belt and Road Initiative and a new round of reform and opening up. It also reinforced the idea of building a community with a shared future for mankind, contributed China’s wisdom to global governance, and pooled ideas for the continued development of China.