Regional economic integration benefits all
By Alexander Wan and Jian Er

China's rapid economic development is going to deliver real benefits rather than pose threats to its Asian neighbours, including ASEAN countries and Japan.

This point was forcefully made by Long Yongtu, secretary-general of the Boao Forum for Asia, at the ninth China Daily CEO Roundtable themed "China-Asia Business Partnership: Implications for multinationals" held in Beijing March 29.

At the conference organized by China Daily, Long pointed out that economic integration in Asia is of strategical importance for all countries in the region as well as those companies including multinationals operating in this region.

This point was also echoed by some 30 China-based chief executive officers and senior executives of leading multinationals, domestic companies and international organizations such as BASF, Shell, Pfizer Investment, BMW Group, British Airways, the Walt Disney Company, Eastman Kodak, China Unicom and Clear Media, as well as the Asian Development Bank, who attended the conference Tuesday.

China has become a very active participant in regional economic co-operation and integration in recent years. The objective of the initiatives is to let other Asian countries share the economic achievements that China has made in the past decades, said Long.

The country has demonstrated its strong willingness and commitment to regional integration such as establishing a free trade area with ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries and proposing such an area with Japan and South Korea in recent years.

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The 9th China Daily CEO Roundtable

China-Asia Business Partnership: Implications for Multinationals

Honourary Chairman

Mr.Long Yongtu
Secretary General, Boao Forum for Asia

Host Chairman
  Mr. Zhu Ling
Editor-in-Chief, China Daily Group
  Mr. Alexander Wan
Advisor, China Daily Hong Kong Limited

List of Delegates
Name Campany   Title  
Mr.Toru Shibuichi
Asian Development Bank China Country Director  
Mr.Hugo Yon American Embassy Beijing
Second Secretary,Economic Section  
Dr.Ping Lee
Atos Origin President, North Asia  
Mr.Jorg Wuttke

BASF China General Manager  
Mr.William Valentino
Bayer Far East   General Manager, Corporate Communications, Greater China  
Dr.Christoph Stark
BMW Group Region China President & CEO  
Mr.Yao Wang
Boao Forum for Asia Director  
Mr.Tim Ramage
British Airways Manager, China  
Mr.Robin Chi China Sino-US Metlife General Manager  
Dr.William Lo,JP
China Unicom Limited Executive Director and Vice President  
Mr.Steven Yung Clear Media Limited Chairman  
Mr.Peter Bowie
Deloitte Chief Executive Officer, China  
Mr.Charles Yen Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Regional Managing Partner,North China  
Mr.Giorgio Magistrelli European Union Chamber of Commerce in China Executive General Manager  
Mr. Barry Livett
EU-China Financial Services Co-operation Project EU Director  
Ms. Anne Lam
Fidelity Investments Management (H.K.) Ltd Chief Representative, China  
Mr.David T.Kiang First Sino Bank Vice Chairman,Chief Executive Officer & President  
Mr.Gregory G.Peng Merrill Lynch (Asia Pacific) Limited Senior Representative China Business  
Mr.Tadashi Ishihara Nissan (China) Investment Co., Ltd. CEO and Director of Board  
Dr.James Chen Pan China CPAS Managing Partner  
Mr.Allan Gabor Pfizer Investment Co.,Ltd. Chairman and General Manager  
Mr.Henry Wang Shell China Corporate Planning Director  
Mr.Stanley Cheung Walt Disney (Shanghai) Company Limited Managing Director  
Mr.Jun Tang The Walt Disney Company Vice President of China Affairs  
Mr.Zhou Li China Daily Group Director, Editor's Office  
Mr.Ren kan China Business Weekly,China Daily Group   Editor-in-Chief