CCG speaks at Paris Peace Forum
CCG's presence in Paris, as part of its most recent international delegation
The 2023 Paris Peace Forum, held on Oct. 10-11, assembled a diverse group of participants, including notable figures like French President Emmanuel Macron, Senegalese President Macky Sall, Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, European Council President Charles Michel, and Jin Liqun, President of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).
This year, Center for China & Globalization (CCG) also dispatched a delegation of over ten to the Paris Peace Forum, an initiative that CCG has been actively involved in since its inception by President Macron in 2018.
"The Paris Peace Forum is a platform for multilateralism. Both China and Europe actively uphold multilateralism and serve as the 'twin engines' propelling its advancement, allowing for increased cooperation in global governance," Henry Huiyao Wang, Founder and President of CCG, told Xinhua News Agency.
On November 11, Mable Lu Miao, co-founder and secretary-general of CCG, was invited to take part in the panel discussion The Great economic de-coupling: Globalization in need of therapy.
Also on the panel were José Ángel Gurría, President, Paris Peace Forum Association, Maria Fernanda Garza, Chairwoman, International Chamber of Commerce, Norbert Röttgen, Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, German Bundestag, and Famke Krumbmüller, Associate Partner, EMEIA Geostrategy Leader, EY. The discussion was moderated by Alan Katz, Paris Bureau Chief, Bloomberg News.
Miao highlighted the importance of economic globalization for global prosperity and development and underlined that challenges like unequal benefit distribution, geopolitical tensions, conflicts, and wars have fueled anti-globalization sentiments, leading to populism and protectionism. These factors erode international trust and economic confidence. China's approach in the era of economic decoupling emphasizes economic mechanisms over geopolitics and prioritizes economic globalization over military aspects. She stressed that non-cooperation poses the greatest risk, underdevelopment is a major insecurity, and fostering cooperation and reducing competition is essential. Both China and the United States should share global responsibilities, she added.
The video of the panel discussion
Henry Huiyao Wang, the only Chinese national on the Steering Committee of the Paris Peace Forum, appeared at the Oct. 11 panel themed "Saving peacebuilding from global competition".
Henry was joined by Stewart Patrick, Senior Fellow and Director of the Global Order and Institutions Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Hina Rabbani Khar, Former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Islamic Republic of Pakistan and Member of the Global Commission on Governing Risks of Climate Overshoot, Mirko Manzoni, Under Secretary General for the Personal Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for Mozambique, and Ghassan Salamé, Professor Emeritus of International Relations, Sciences Po.
The video recording of the panel
Wang said that in the past, the United Nations played a crucial role in preventing conflicts and wars, today, due to a lack of trust among major powers, its influence is gradually diminishing. However, the United Nations remains of utmost importance. It should continue to uphold the principles and purposes outlined in its charter, fostering cooperation among major nations, particularly members of the Security Council, rather than emphasizing rivalry and competition. This, he believes, is the key to better addressing the current global challenges. Wang stressed the need for leaders from various countries to bolster regular dialogue and communication, establish common ground and trust, and truly harness the potential of the United Nations.
During the forum, Henry Huiyao Wang and Mabel Lu Miao also held bilateral meetings with Pascal Lamy, the founding chairman of the Paris Peace Forum and former Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), as well as Ángel Gurría, the current Chairman of the Paris Peace Forum and former Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). They also met with Gabriela Ramos, Assistant Director-General for the Social and Human Sciences at UNESCO and a fellow member on the Paris Peace Forum Advisory Committee.