Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg has galvanised protests in Europe, Japan and the United States demanding stronger government action to fight global warming. -- AFP/VNA Photo Viet Nam News DAVOS, Switzerland — China and Germany on Wednesday defended global cooperation against the temptation of populism at the Davos forum of the world’s business elite, but a Swedish teenager emerged as the unlikely star after her urgent calls for climate action inspired schoolchildren around the world. Reactions against a longer-running style of populism also reared up at the annual World Economic Forum (WEF), as Brazil and other regional countries joined the United States in recognising the head of Venezuela’s opposition-controlled parliament as interim president, in defiance of firebrand leftist Nicolas Maduro. President Donald Trump’s more recent brand of on-the-edge politics dominated last year’s WEF when he came to Davos. Since then, he has launched a trade war … [Read more...] about At Davos, China and Germany tout openness as teenager plugs climate fight
French President Emmanuel Macron will not attend this year's world economic forum in Davos, an official at the president's office said on Friday (Jan 11), citing a busy schedule including debates launched in response to the "Yellow Vests" protests. French President Emmanuel Macron. (File photo: AFP/Ludovic Marin) The Elysee office said Macron would also be holding the second edition of his own forum with business leaders in Versailles on Jan 21, dubbed "Choose France". Earlier this week, US President Donald Trump canceled his own visit to the Davos forum in Switzerland, as he wrestles with political opponents over the federal government shutdown. REUTERS/ AFP … [Read more...] about French President Macron will not attend Davos forum this year
French President Emmanuel Macron hosted the conference, which was attended mainly by fellow multilateralists such as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau AFP/Thomas SAMSON Conceived by French leader Emmanuel Macron, the Forum is intended to be part of the fightback against nationalism, with its format inspired by the annual business meeting in the Davos ski resort in Switzerland. The event opened Sunday (Nov 11), with speeches by Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and UN chief Antonio Guterres who warned in turn about the dangers of Trump-style populism. The idea is that the Paris event, which began symbolically on the centenary of the end of World War I, becomes an annual gathering to discuss democracy and international cooperation. "We have put on leaders' agenda the fact that every year, we will talk about multilateralism and our collective interests here," chief organiser Justin Vaisse told AFP. The remaining days - the Forum ran until Tuesday - featured round-table … [Read more...] about Can Macron’s ‘Davos for democracy’ make a difference?
The World Economic Forum on Latin America kicked off on March 13 in Brazil's largest city Sao Paulo The theme of the two-day meeting, a regional version of the World Economic Forum which is held every year in Davos, Switzerland, is "Latin America at a Turning Point: Shaping the New Narrative." Subjects including controversial US tariff policy, fake news and online defamation -- a highly relevant matter to the upcoming Brazilian general elections, sexual harassment in the workplace, gender parity, new industrial perspectives for Latin America, and globalization will be discussed during the meeting. The meeting is held amid Brazil's economic recovery. The country's gross domestic product (GDP) increased 1 percent in 2017, after two years of falling. This is the third time for Brazil to host the meeting. The other two were held in 2006 and 2011. Theo Xinhua … [Read more...] about World Economic Forum on Latin America kicks off in Sao Paulo
Chinese President Xi Jin-ping (Source: AFP/VNA)In the meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, President Xi Jin-ping called for friendly relations between the two countries. The two countries should enhance connection of development strategies and push cooperation in all areas under the Belt and Road, President Xi said. The two leaders also witnessed the signing of cooperation documents after the meeting. While meeting with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, President Xi Jin-ping said development of China-Singapore ties is closely related with China's reform and opening-up. The two countries should map out new strategic and top-level planning on promoting bilateral ties and advancing pragmatic cooperation. With Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, President Xi Jin-ping asked to speed up the construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and ensure sound planning of all related projects. The ties between China and Pakistan should become a model for … [Read more...] about Boao Forum for Asia: Chinese President meets other leaders