Vaira Vike-Freiberga’s statement on the 2018 Imperial Springs International Forum

“I am proud to report that the 2018 Imperial Springs International Forum (ISIF) was a great success.

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of China’s opening up and reform process, over 30 prominent leaders from across the globe and a similar number of distinguished experts gathered in Guangzhou to lead the 2018 ISIF.

Since 2014, ISIF has become an important platform for dialogue between China and the rest of the world, where leaders and experts constructively exchange views, contributing to improved global governance.

In its Final Statement, attendees of the forum stressed the need to strengthen inclusive, rules-based global governance, specifically to:

-Uphold and strengthen an inclusive rules-based global governance architecture, promote peace and security, contribute to global development, and defend the international order;
-Effectively implement the UN Agenda 2030 to ‘leave no one behind’;
-Safeguard and promote global trade and investment;
-Foster innovation and technological development for the benefit of all; and
-Display mutual respect, deepen understanding, enhance trust and inclusive participation in the global economy to achieve balanced development and prosperity.

Dr Chau Chak Wing, Chair of the Asia-Pacific Region Club de Madrid President’s Circle expressed the need for bilateral understanding.

“I strongly believe that in our global system, it is important for China to understand more about the world and our partners, and also for the world to understand China,” Dr Chau said.

“As an Australian businessman doing business in China, I am proud to play a role in supporting the ‘opening up’ of China as it means more opportunities for Australia and the world,” Dr Chau said.”