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Source: China State Council Information Office 2

The fifth Understanding China Conference opened on Nov. 20 in Guangzhou in southern China’s Guangdong province, pooling wisdom and drawing extensive discussions around the theme of “Huge Shake-up, Big Tests, and Great Cooperation — China’s New March Toward Modernization and Community of a Shared Future for Humanity.”
More than 600 government officials, representatives of international organizations, and scholars and entrepreneurs from across the world participated in the three-day event both on site and online, engaging in in-depth dialogues about China’s development, the world’s future, and the current international order, among other topics. 
At the opening ceremony, Huang Kunming, head of the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee, underscored the importance of understanding China’s unremitting commitment to modernization, stating that modernization was yearned for not only by Chinese people but also by the whole world. As such, countries should explore their own means of modernization in light of their national conditions to deliver actual benefits to their citizens.
During the keynote speech session, former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown via video message acknowledged the achievements of China’s 13th Five Year Plan and expressed his hope for “building a world where between countries there is an accumulation of converging interests.”
Former President of Indonesia Megawati Sukarnoputri said that she appreciated China’s quick and effective response to the COVID-19 epidemic and invited the international community to “see the rise of China in a positive and constructive way and give China the opportunity to embody the credo of a community of shared future for mankind and contribute to the world.”
Other keynote speakers included Vladimir Norov, secretary-general of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), Bai Chunli, president of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), and Zheng Bijian, chairman of the China Institute for Innovation & Development Strategy (CIIDS) as the host of the conference, among others.
Featuring ten parallel forums, the conference will delve into political, economic, cultural and technological innovation issues, interpreting the core messages of the fifth plenary session of the 19th CPC Central Committee, spelling out China’s road-map for future development, and demonstrating to the world China’s firm determination and unwavering confidence in deepening reform and opening up in all respects. Topics such as economic globalization and regionalization, non-traditional security threats, and health innovation amid COVID-19 will also be covered. 
Supplementary activities include a gourmet festival, film screenings of nine themed documentaries about China, a themed photo exhibition about China’s experience in poverty alleviation and building a moderately prosperous society in all aspects. 
Launched in 2013, the Understanding China Conference has been one of the most influential and prestigious platforms for the world to understand China’s development.

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