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Civil Society 20 China 2016 opens in Qingdao

Updated: Jul 6,2016 7:53 AM     Xinhua/

State Councilor Yang Jiechi addresses and delivers President Xi Jinping’s message during the opening ceremony at Civil Society 20 China 2016 on July 5 in Qingdao, Shangdong province. [Photo/Xinhua]

QINGDAO — State Councilor Yang Jiechi on July 5 addressed the opening ceremony of Civil Society 20 China 2016 which kicked off in Qingdao, Shandong province.

He also delivered President Xi Jinping’s message to the opening ceremony saying that the theme of the event “Poverty Eradication, Green Development and Innovation” is in accordance with the theme of the upcoming G20 summit, showing the close attention that the civil society pays toward these fields.

China is actively reducing poverty through green development and innovation, Yang said, and will continue to support both domestic and international civil societies in those fields.

The event is co-hosted by China NGO Network for International Exchanges and the United Nations Association of China, with participants from more than 180 NGOs in over 50 countries and regions.