Chinese President Xi Jinping addressed the World Economic Forum yesterday, in an annual meeting usually held at Davos but this year is being held virtually. Speaking from the Great Hall of the People in front of a painting of the Great Wall of China, Xi’s speech warned against a descent towards a Cold War mentality and called for global cooperation in rebuilding economies after COVID-19.
A selection of media commentary concerning his speech can be seen below:
There is a full transcript of Xi’s speech here and the live speech with English language translation here.
The events at the World Economic Forum are useful because aside from the political rhetoric from larger nations, a significant number of panel discussions and forums are held that can and do influence future global integration and trade. The theme for each day’s discussions has been planned with various discussion platforms arranged. These can be viewed here.
Each of the five days features different themes that will be of interest to executives in multiple industries, including those investing in China. These are:
Monday, January 25
“Designing cohesive, sustainable, resilient economic systems”
Tuesday, January 26
“Driving responsible industry transformation and growth”
Wednesday, January 27
“Enhancing stewardship of the global commons”
Thursday, January 28
“Harnessing the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution”
Friday, January 29
“Advancing global and regional cooperation”
We are featuring a rolling commentary of each day’s primary and keynote speeches, together with video links to discussions over on Silk Road Briefing on the updating World Economic Forum 2021: Agenda, Speeches & Discussions
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