According to the Yunnan Provincial Department of Commerce, reporters learned from a regular press conference held by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade on May 30th that the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade and the China International Chamber of Commerce will hold the 2023 APEC China CEO Forum in Beijing on June 17th.
Wang Linjie, spokesperson of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, said that the APEC China CEO Forum aims to expand the influence of the Chinese business community in APEC, promote economic and trade cooperation and exchanges in the Asia-Pacific region, and preheat the APEC CEO Summit.
Wang Linjie said the forum, with the theme of “Creating higher quality sustainable development”, is expected to be attended online and offline by representatives of the Asia-Pacific business community, experts and scholars from economies including China, the United States, Russia, Singapore, Vietnam, the Philippines and Hong Kong, China. Participants will make suggestions and suggestions on topics of common concern, such as opening-up and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region, high-quality advanced manufacturing and green finance, demonstrate with concrete actions the positive attitude of the Chinese business community in continuing to participate in the formulation of Asia-Pacific economic and trade rules and the building of an Asia-Pacific community of destiny, deepen the consensus on cooperation between China and the Asia-Pacific business community, and promote high-quality, sustainable and inclusive development of the Asia-Pacific region.
It is an important economic cooperation mechanism in the Asia-Pacific region and a ‘big stage’ for China to participate in global economic governance.” Wang Linjie said that at the second meeting of the Council recently held, the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade led the representatives of the Chinese business community to successfully promote the Asia-Pacific business community to draft a letter to the APEC Trade ministers, around the digital trade, supply chain, trade and climate, new energy vehicles and other topics, calling on the trade ministers of all economies to oppose protectionism and implement non-discriminatory treatment. Promoting open and free trade shows the Asia-Pacific business community’s common aspiration and firm position of opposing protectionism and promoting mutually beneficial cooperation.
In particular, on the issue of supply chain, the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade actively spoke out and guided the meeting to in-depth discussion on the huge negative impact of trade fragmentation and technological decoupling on regional economic development, especially the destructive effect of weaponization and politicization of chip supply chain by some individual countries on regional supply chain, which won understanding and support from all parties. The letter clearly stated that “protectionism and administrative measures that disrupt the supply chain” should be opposed, and stressed the need to “create an inclusive, open, fair and non-discriminatory environment for the development of the digital economy”.
Wang Linjie said that she hopes that all economies, especially the US, the host of this year’s APEC, will pay attention to the common call of the Asia-Pacific business community, uphold the vision of an Asia-Pacific community with a shared future, stick to the original aspiration of APEC, and create an Asia-Pacific business environment featuring fair competition, inclusiveness and openness for the business community. The Council for the Promotion of International Trade will actively assist the representatives of the Chinese business community in fulfilling their duties, fully leverage the leading role of the Chinese business community in promoting a better business environment in the Asia-Pacific region, and make the global governance system more just and equitable.