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SOURCE Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
BEIJING, Oct. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit will be held in Bali, Indonesia from October 5th to 8th , 2013. "Towards Resilience and Growth, Reshape the Priorities of Global Economy -- APEC China Day" event was held at Udayana University in Bali, Indonesia to promote the economic, cultural, non-governmental exchanges and understandings between China and the APEC host country. Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Dr. Zhang Lijun, Chairman of China APEC Development Council, representatives from APEC Economies, Students of Udayana University, Chinese Indonesian, and the world media representatives attended the "APEC China Day"
"2013 APEC China Day", as one of the activities of 2013 APEC Summit, is jointly held and organized by the Institute for Peace and Democracy of Udayana University, China APEC Development Council and China APEC Academy of Nankai University. Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard made a wonderful speech on the event. Dr. Zhang Lijun, Chairman of APEC Development Council and Chairman of Board of VODONE Ltd. also gave a brilliant speech about the three key issues, which are "developed economies achieve the free trade cooperation in 2010; developing economies achieve the Bogor Goals of free trade cooperation before 2015 , initiating APEC members to work together to promote sustainable economic growth, making all stakeholders share the fruits of economic growth and ensuring a sustainable and equitable social growth, and achieving the supply chain performance of the region increasing 10% and finally promoting the interoperability of the region. Apart from that, Dr. Zhang Lijun also made a highlighted speech on how China should have a better way of speaking out in APEC, and let outside world have a better understanding of China and how China can use the APEC leverage to promote China's economic reform.
According to the speech made by Dr. Zhang Lijun, Chairman of China APEC Development Council, "APEC China Day" event was first initiated by Press Research Center of Hawaii University and held and organized by Chinese Students Association of Hawaii University, East and West Centre of Hawaii University and China APEC Development Council in 2011. "2013 APEC China Day" is the second session and the event will be kept on going in the future as one of the series of theme activities of APEC Summit. As for why "China Day" event is being held, Zhang Lijun stated as one of the 21 APEC economies, China's international influence is growing with its presence at APEC Summit every year and becoming a hot spot focused by the APEC economies, especially as the largest emerging economy of APEC, China's stand and policy on APEC, particularly in some sensitive issues affecting the APEC process, is widespread concerned by the APEC members. 21 APEC members have different appeals, but whether these appeals are compatible with China's aspirations or not? It is also widely concerned. Furthermore, China Day will be a fabulous platform for government, business and academia exchange and a kind of public diplomacy which can promote frank exchanges on China issues between the APEC members as well as adjust the context of China among governments, companies, and media in advance during the APEC meeting.
Introduction of Dr. Zhang Lijun
Zhang Lijun, entrusted by the Chinese Government, has been engaging with APEC international exchanges and cooperation since 1998. He was appointed by the Chinese President as ABAC Representative China for more than a decade and has enjoyed high political status in China. Supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Commerce and other Chinese Government Departments, Zhang Lijun joined together with Nankai University to establish APEC Academy of China, which became one of the major achievements of "APEC China Year" in 2001 and was especially introduced to the Leaders of APEC Economies by the former President Jiang Zemin on the APEC Leaders Summit in 2002. Approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zhang Lijun becomes the Chairman of China APEC Development Council.
As Chairman of China APEC Development Council, Zhang Lijun successfully pulls together the resources of government, business and academia and promotes China's access to APEC Business Travel Card Scheme. Mr. Zhang has played a very positive role in China's business facilitation and free trade of Asia-Pacific region.
Zhang Lijun used to represent Chinese business circle and be entrusted by the Chinese Government to attend the dialogue between the APEC leaders and APEC CEOs as ABAC Member China for more than a decade. He provided assistances to the former Chinese Presidents Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao for their dialogues with APEC CEOs. He also maintains a good working relations with U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian Prime Minister Medvedev and Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Taiwan representative Lien Chan and leaders from other Asia-Pacific countries.
During the APEC Leaders informal meeting in Hawaii in November 2011, Zhang Lijun delivered an important keynote speech on the "2011 APEC China Day" forum which was held in Hawaii University. It resulted in a very positive reaction in the local media and attracted international community's attention. Because of his outstanding contributions to promoting the stable growth and development of Asia-pacific economy. Zhang Lijun is well known as "Business Diplomat" in China. He was awarded the prize of "China internet well-known business leaders and APEC China's ABAC representative of outstanding contribution for 10 years" by the MOFA China.
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