BEIJING, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang held a meeting with some members of the 21st Century Council, a global think tank, in Beijing on Friday, a press release from Li's office said Saturday.
Li met the members, mainly former political figures from different countries, Friday afternoon ahead of the opening ceremony of a 21st Century Council conference from Friday to Sunday in Beijing, said the release.
During the meeting, Li reiterated that China will continue pushing ahead with the drive of reform and opening up, and the country is ready to work with all other countries to create a peaceful and stable international environment in pursuit of reciprocity.
Li hoped the 21st Century Council will play a more important role in promoting mutual understanding and cooperation between China and other countries.
Ernesto Zedillo, Chairman of the 21st Century Council and former Mexican President, said on behalf of the participants of the meeting that the think tank stands ready to increase exchanges with the Chinese side for a better understanding of China.
Zedillo also pledged that the 21st Century Council will work to push ahead with global governance and spur all countries to address global challenges in joint efforts.
The 21st Century Council is a non-governmental forum composed of former heads of state, top global intellectuals and entrepreneurs. Founded in 2011, it is becoming a platform for dialogue and action that is dedicated to addressing key challenges of global governance.