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Political donor hosts former world leaders


Dec. 02, 2019

Beijing: An annual meeting of former world leaders in southern China hosted by Australian political donor and businessman Chau Chak Wing has garnered prominent Chinese state media coverage.
Chinese Vice-President Wang Qishan gave the keynote speech at the Imperial Springs forum, which opened on Sunday in Guangzhou at a resort owned by Mr Chau.
Mr Chau also addressed the forum of 27 former world leaders, which was televised. Guests included former president of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai, former New Zealand prime minister Jenny Shipley, former Swedish prime minister Carl Bildt and the late US president George H.W Bush’s son Neil Bush.
The front page of the official People’s Daily newspaper reported that Mr Wang gave a speech supporting multilateralism in global affairs.
He said multilateralism based on the United Nations Charter had yielded fruitful results but the international governance system needs to advance with the times in the face of rising protectionism and populism.
Bildt, the co-chair of the European Council on Foreign Relations, wrote on twitter that he had told the forum there was a need for stability and security in cyberspace but human rights were of fundamental importance.
Neil Bush made headlines in July when he spoke out against the “demonisation of China” in the US.
Mr Chau has been embroiled in the debate over Chinese political influence in Australia.
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