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China launches international forum on reform and state governance

source:People's Daily Online release date:2018/06/04 hits:28

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The 19th Wanshou Forum, an international brainstorm focusing on reform and modern state governance, kicked off on Saturday in Anhui Province. (Zhu Lixin/ China Daily)

The 19th Wanshou Forum, an international brainstorm focusing on reform and modern state governance, kicked off on Saturday in Anhui Province, with experts hailing the event “a great opportunity for intellectual cooperation worldwide.”

Initiated by the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, the forum took place in Xiaogang village, which is dubbed as the “birth place for China’s rural reform.” Around 200 scholars and political figures, who represent 66 political parties from 45 countries, have participated in the event, as well as communicating with each other on topics such as deepening reform and international economic cooperation.

“We’ve learned a lot of the history of China’s reform during the forum, as well as how the reform has been implemented. The approach of openness and multiple forms of property are very important for developing countries to achieve modernization, and China has provided very important experience fortheir [future development],” John Batchtell, National Chair of Cummunist Party USA, told People’s Daily Online.

Echoing Batchtell, experts also attached great importance to China’s rural reform, noting that Xiaogang’s transformation from a commune style system to household responsibility system has dramatically changed China’s economic landscape, marking the start of the country’s 4-decade reform and opening up.

“Rural areas could be left behind when it comes to social and economic development. It’s very important that ways are found to reinvigorate the life in rural areas,” said Robert Griffiths, general secretary of the Communist Party of Britain, who added that China’s rural reform is clearly being a success and has revolutionized the living and working conditions in the countryside.

“Poverty plagues so much of this world of ours, including the U.S., where there are people living in abject poverty. The fact that China is on the verge of solving it is really a tremendous achievement, while the elimination of poverty is one of the most important content of China’s opening and reform,” said Batchtell.

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The 19th Wanshou Forum, an international brainstorm focusing on reform and modern state governance, kicked off on Saturday in Anhui Province.

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The 19th Wanshou Forum, an international brainstorm focusing on reform and modern state governance, kicked off on Saturday in Anhui Province. (Zhu Lixin/ China Daily)

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The 19th Wanshou Forum, an international brainstorm focusing on reform and modern state governance, kicked off on Saturday in Anhui Province. (Zhu Lixin/ China Daily)