The conference, themed “Huge Shake-up, Big Test, Great Cooperation: China’s New Journey toward Modernization and Building a Community with a Shared Future for Mankind,” argued for increased cooperation between the Chinese Communist Party and the broader world.
Featuring nearly 20 Chinese speakers – all boasting high-level involvement with the Chinese Communist Party – the conference depends on Western figures to grant legitimacy to the event.
Summers, a former Obama-era National Economic Council Director, has also been identified as “advising Joe Biden’s presidential campaign,” according to Reuters.
Among the Chinese government officials in attendance were Zheng Bijian, who directed a state-run think tank’s Research Institute for Marxism, Leninism and Mao Zedong Thought, and Ye Xiaowen, who served as Vice President of the Central Institute of Socialism and directed the United Front Work Department which has been identified by the U.S. government as “neutralize sources of potential opposition to the policies and authority of its ruling Chinese Communist Party” through “influence operations targeting foreign actors and states.”
Among the Western-based personalities in attendance were former Labour Party leader and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Wolfgang Schäuble, a former German Minister of Finance and sitting president of the Bundestag – the country’s federal parliament. Nicholas Berggruen, the founder of the Berggruen Institute, has also repeatedly attended the event…