KLAUS SCHWAB: ACTIVIST IN HELPING CHINA TO INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC EXCHANGE AND COOPERATION
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Klaus Schwab, born in Germany, is the founder of the World Economic Forum (WEF). The WEF, widely known as the Davos Forum, had seen the historical transformation from "China listening to the world" to "China's voice heard by the world."
In January 2017 when President Xi Jinping was invited to participate in the annual meeting of the WEF, Schwab said that "In 1978, when I read articles about Deng Xiaoping's reform and opening-up, I was sure that China would have a big role in the world arena."
China's cooperation with the WEF kept pace with the country's reform and opening-up. Since 1979, China has sent delegations to attend the annual meeting of the forum multiple times at its invitation. In 2005, Schwab proposed the idea of China's Summer Davos. In September 2007, the first annual meeting of Summer Davos was successfully held in Dalian.
With the deepening of China's reform and opening-up, China-related topics has become increasingly popular at the WEF. In nearly 40 years', the WEF is not only a witness of China's gradual rise to become the world's second largest economy, but also promotes China's interaction with the world.