On Thursday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended a media briefing on the sidelines of the National People’s Congress (NPC), where he outlined the main diplomatic events that will be hosted in China this year. These will include the following:
- The Boao Forum for Asia will be held in Hainan Province in April and focus on reform and opening up.
- The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Qingdao is slated to be held in June and will focus on “revitalizing the Shanghai Spirit.”
- The Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit in Beijing will convene in September and focus on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
- The first China International Import Expo will be held in Shanghai in November and focus on further market opening.
In addition, Wang touched upon President Xi’s international travel schedule for 2018. In the first year of his second term, the president will attend the BRICS Summit in South Africa, the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Papua New Guinea, and the G20 Summit in Argentina.