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Asian politicians to meet in Beijing
By Jiang Zhuqing (China Daily)
Updated: 2004-09-01 01:23

Politicians from across Asia will gather in Beijing this weekend.

For the first time, the Communist Party of China (CPC) will host the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP).

Representatives from 84 parties in 35 Asian countries will attend the three-day event, which opens on Friday.

Wang Jiarui, minister of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee, said the theme of the conference will be "Exchanges, Co-operation, Development."

He added conference topics will include regional security and multilateral co-operation, economic growth and social progress and political party building and national development.

The conference will also offer a chance for the Asian friends to learn more about the actual situation of China and the CPC, he said.

"We hope that the conference will help other Asian political parties understand the CPC's policy and ideas on state governance and China's policy of building a good neighbourly relationship and partnership with its neighbouring countries," Wang said.

Conducting exchanges with Asian parties is a priority of the CPC, which contributes to state-to-state ties, friendship between peoples and regional co-operation, Wang said.

The ICAPP was first held in 2000. The first two conferences were held in the Philippines and Thailand in September 2000 and November 2002.

Preparations for the conference have gone smoothly and its scale will exceed previous ones, officials said.

Party representatives from non-Asian countries and organizations have also been invited to attend as observers, officials said.

By last night, seven delegations had arrived in the Chinese capital.

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