Running 6-8 April this year, the non-government, non-profit Boao platform facilitates a convergence of leading minds, not just political leaders only, for discourse and exchange. In some ways, this forum, running since 1998 is an Asia-Pacific equivalent of Davos.
That it is on China’s turf at the dawn of its new leadership is something the Chinese milk fully. Regional leaders, along with their top business and academic minds now arrive as guests in their home ground. President Xi Jinping gives the keynote address on Sunday.
Check out the Boao forum website here.
The conference agenda (.doc) can be found here.
Keep up to date with the Chinese perspective of the Boao forum at Xinhua here.
Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with Myanmar’s President U Thein Sein during a welcoming ceremony held by President Xi Jinping for President U Thein Sein in Sanya, south China’s Hainan Province, April 5, 2013. Source – Xinhua/Pang Xinglei
For the BBC perspective: China’s Boao Forum due to start April 6, 2013