【from Global Times Online】On May 27th , the “2018 Beijing International Forum on People-to-People Friendship” was hosted by Beijing People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, Beijing Association for Science and Technology, the Communist Youth League Committee of Beijing, Xicheng District People's Government. Mme. He Luli, Honorary President of Beijing People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and the former Vice Chairwoman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, Mme. Wang Hong, Vice Mayoress of Beijing, H.E. Mr. Thit Linn Ohn, Ambassador of Myanmar, H.E. Mr. Tauaika Utaatu, Ambassador of Tonga, Dato’ Abdul Majid Ahmad Khan, President of Malaysia-China Friendship Association has attended the opening ceremony. This opening ceremony and the main forum have gathered 300 delegates. They are civil organizations from 30 countries include America, Argentina, Syria Lanka, Singapore, Japan, South Korea and others countries, representatives of Beijing international friendship cities, China People’s Association for Friendship with foreign countries, relevant foreign diplomatic envoys to China，foreign experts and students in China，representatives from other institutions in Beijing, Director of Beijing People’s Association for Friendship with foreign countries，Tianjin People’s Association for Friendship with foreign countries and Hebei People’s Association for Friendship with foreign countries .
With a theme of " Promote and Strengthen People-to-people Friendship and Bond"，this forum carried out in-depth discussions and exchanges on urban governance, cultural heritage, and youth exchanges. It will serve Beijing’s world-class building of a harmonious and livable capital from a civil perspective and through civil channels.
The main forum was hosted by Mr. Wang Enge, vice president of Beijing Association for Science and Technology, President of Peking University (2013-2015), vice president of Chinese Academy of Sciences (2015-2017), vice president of international Union of Pure & Applied Physics,Academician of CAS & TWAS. And we are honorably to have Mr. Shen Xin, Director General of Department of European & Asian Affairs of Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, Mr. Shi Nan, Vice President of International Society of City and Regional Planners, Vice director and General Secretary of Urban Planning Society of China, Mr. Wang Shaofeng, District Mayor of Xicheng District People’s Government of Beijing Municipality, Professor Colin Mackerras，Sinologist of Australia, and Mr. Yasushi Toyama, Former vice Governor of Tokyo Metropolis of Japan, honorary Professor of Meiji University, to share their opinions, feelings as well as suggestions about civil friendship, cultural exchange, urban planning and governance and harmonious urban development with us.
Delegates from China and abroad have a nice meet and talk after the main forum. It is this forum that provide the delegates with an opportunity to enjoy the exhibition of the model of Beijing new airport and the Pictures Exhibition of sentiment on Beijing, to acquaint current economic and social developmental situation of Beijing.