BEIJING, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will leave Beijing on Wednesday for the Syria peace conference in Geneva and the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos of Switzerland.
Wang will make the trips respectively at the invitation of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the WEF, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei announced on Monday.
Ban Ki-moon will chair the Syria conference, which will be held in two parts. Following the opening session in Montreux on Jan. 22, talks between the two Syrian parties will start at the Palais des Nations in Geneva on Jan. 24, facilitated by Joint Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi.
The WEF Annual Meeting, scheduled for Jan. 22-26, is themed "Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business."
WEF aims to provide world leaders with long-term view
BEIJING, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- Amid mixed economic outlook for 2014, the upcoming annual World Economic Forum (WEF) hoped to provide world leaders with a long-term strategic view, said a regional WEF chief here Wednesday.
"We do not have a single crisis that dominates the world in 2014... What we are hoping to achieve is to provide leaders with a long-term, strategic thinking which runs contrary to the very much crisis-driven thinking, fire fighting thinking and mentality which have dominated since the financial crisis in 2008," said Olivier Schwab, executive director of the WEF Bejing Representative office, at a press briefing.Full story
News Analysis: Geneva II could be start of solution to Syria crisis despite hurdles
DAMASCUS, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- The countdown for the International Geneva II conference on the Syrian crisis has begun, as Syrian analysts deem it as the beginning of a solution despite the low expectations by the domestic opposition groups.
Elias Murad, president of the Union of Journalists of Syria, told reporters on Saturday that the Geneva II conference has become an international demand more than a Syrian one.Full story