The Beijing Mission

25-27 May, 2024

About the Mission

The Beijing Mission provides a unique opportunity to engage with prominent Chinese Government officials and institutional leaders to gain deeper understanding about contemporary China.

Our delegation will play key roles in the 10th China and Globalization Forum of the Center for China and Globalization (CCG) and enjoy private, high-level meetings with Chinese officials.

The CCG is an important global partner of the Global Foundation. It shares the Foundation’s commitment to remaking globalisation during a time when the very concept is under threat.

Founder and President, Dr Huiyao (“Henry”) Wang, is a member of the Global Advisory Council of the Foundation. Dr Mabel Miao, the Co-founder and Secretary General of CCG, is a member of the Steering Committee for ourShaping Global Governance, Climate and Nature’ Project.

The Beijing Mission has the full support of the Chinese Ambassador to Australia, HE Xiao, and the Australian Ambassador to China, HE Scott Dewer.

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Program

Photographs from the previous Beijing Mission in 2023.

Forming a crucial part of the Foundation’s Shaping agreement on Global Governance, Climate and Nature’ Project, and continuing its long-standing engagement with China on global issues, the Global Foundation is bringing a mission of its supporters to Beijing.

The mission comes on the back of the good news that tariffs on Australian wines to China will be lifted, a matter with which the Foundation has had a material impact over the past year, working with Penfolds chief winemaker and the Chinese Ambassador to Australia. 

Our program features participation in the CCG’s ‘10th Annual China and Globalization Forum’ on Saturday, 25 and Sunday, 26 May.

Saturday, 25 May

Saturday marks Day One of the CCG Forum, where our delegation will attend the Opening roundtable on global governance, as well as special panels and networking opportunities throughout the day.

Sunday, 26 May

On Day Two, the Foundation will co-chair the open forum ‘Shaping the future: Global governance of climate and nature’.

This roundtable session will focus on challenges in the global governance structures for transitioning to net-zero emissions, addressing financial mechanisms for climate action, exploring China’s green energy transition strategy, and leveraging innovative market solutions.

Monday, 27 May

As the Mission progresses on Monday, 27 May, the delegation will engage in exclusive private meetings with some of China’s most senior officials.

The mission will provide our supporters with timely and valuable insights into contemporary China and its policies and intentions with regard to global engagement.

People

We have confirmed engagement in our Mission from:

  • H.E. Scott Dewer, Australian Ambassador to China
  • Erik Berglof, Chief Economist, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (representing President Jin Liqun)
  • Justin Vaïse, Founder and Director-General, Paris Peace Forum
  • Erik Solheim, Vice Chairman, Europe-Asia Center; former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Siddarth Chattrjee, UN Resident Coordinator in China, United Nations (representing Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed)
  • Tamas Hajba, Consellor Beijing, OCED (representing Secretary-General Matthias Cormann)
  • Mara Warwick,  Country Director for China, Mongolia and Korea, World Bank
  • Martin Taylor, WHO Representative to China
  • Amakobe Sande, UNICEF Representative China
  • Smriti Aryal, Country Representative, UN Women China
  • Violante di Canossa, Chief Economist, UNDP China
  • Marc Horn, President, Merck China
  • Da Wei, Director of CISS; Professor, School of Social Sciences, Tsinghua University, China.

Practical details for participants

Cost: You will appreciate that, as a not-for-profit organisation, the Foundation requests a modest financial contribution of $2,000AUD from those taking part in the Mission to help meet the program’s costs. You will receive an invoice once your registration has been confirmed.

Please note that the Global Foundation is granted the highest tax-deductible status DGR) available in Australia under a special Act of Parliament, so your fee will be considered a charitable donation.

Accommodation and travel: Participants are responsible for making their own arrangements for flights, travel, and accommodation. The Global Foundation has obtained a discounted hotel room rate at the Grand Millienium Hotel located at Fortune Plaza, 7 Dongsanhuan Middle Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100020. The rate is CN¥900 (approximately $230AUD) per night for a basic room, single occupancy, with a daily buffet breakfast on 25 & 26 May. If you would like to stay here, please contact the Global Foundation for a reservation form.

Visa: Participants will need to ensure they have a valid visa (or valid physical APEC Business Card) for entry to China. Information on how to obtain a visa may be found here. The Foundation will assist in securing a letter of invitation from our host organisation, the Center for China and Globalization. We encourage delegates to apply for their visa as soon as possible. It is strongly recommended that participants take out their own personal travel and medical insurance for the visit.

Dress code: The dress code for all events is business attire.

Background

Over the past 20 years, the Global Foundation has contributed to China’s global engagement and emergence as a global actor.

Foundation Secretary General Steve Howard has become a well-known and respected interlocutor for leaders and distinguished representatives of the Chinese Government, institutions and business entities.

The Foundation has welcomed contributions from Senior Chinese figures in its global roundtable discussions and efforts to advance cooperative globalisation and reform global governance.

The Foundation helped to secure the first LNG deal between China and Australia.

The Foundation brought together China, the United States and Australia to align on global climate change policy, first by hosting the Australian Prime Minister in Beijing, then by initiating three-way follow-up discussions with the officials in Washington DC a few months later.

The Foundation was integral to the establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the first global institution led by China. Foundation Secretary General, Steve Howard, was the first appointee to the bank’s international advisory body.

Since 2019, Steve Howard has participated in annual, small-scale global security and strategy dialogues, hosted in China under the governance of top Chinese diplomat, Madam Fu Ying. A copy of Steve’s most recent address to this forum can be found here.

2023 was a significant year for Foundation engagement with China, after a hiatus due to the global pandemic.

April

The Foundation Secretary General, Steve Howard, and Chairman of the Board, Louise Watson, co-led a global delegation to Beijing for the first time in more than three years. The mission’s focus was on encouraging China, Australia and others to work together on re-making globalisation and encouraging further dialogue between civilisations.

The mission included a dinner with President of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Mr Jin Liqun, and a roundtable discussion hosted by the Center for China and Globalization. The Mission was endorsed by the Australian Ambassador to China, His Excellency Graham Fletcher, and the Chinese Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Xiao Qian. It served as a useful precursor to the Australian Prime Minister’s visit to China in November that year.

Group photo from the previous Beijing Mission, April 2023.



June

Chinese scholars and leaders, including Dr Huiyao “Henry” Wang and Dr Mabel Miao, participated in a ‘Dialogue Between Civilizations on Global Commons’, which was co-convened and co-chaired by Steve Howard, Professor Riccardo Pozzo and Professor Jeffrey Sachs at the Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences at the Vatican. The key recommendation of the meeting elevated support for the Foundation’s focus on global governance reform, particularly as it pertained to climate and nature.

The Foundation’s work with China is often conducted in a low-key way. For example, the role that the Foundation played over recent years in encouraging better relations between China and Australia, most recently manifest through China lifting tariffs on the import of Australia wine, is not widely known.

Peter Gago AC, Chief Wine Maker at Penfolds Wines (L) and HE Xiao Qian, Chinese Ambassador to Australia (R), at an intimate working lunch hosted for the Global Foundation at the ambassador’s residence in Canberra, 8 June 2023.
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