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Merlin Swire (right) met with President Xi Jinping at the roundtable summit.
Merlin Swire (right) met with President Xi Jinping at the roundtable summit.

During a recent visit to Beijing, Merlin Swire attended the annual roundtable summit of the Global CEO Council, convened at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse on 21st June. Marking the 40th anniversary of the commencement of China's economic reform strategy, President Xi Jinping presided over the summit this year. Together with CEOs from 19 other prestigious multinational companies from the USA, Europe and Australia, Merlin met with President Xi for a closed-door session and exchanged views on critical issues facing China as well as global economic development, including the Belt & Road initiative, smart manufacturing, green development and global governance. Merlin has been a member of the Global CEO Council for the past four years.

During the visit to Beijing, Merlin Swire and Ivan Chu (fourth from left), Chairman of John Swire & Sons (China) Limited, met with Mr Zhang Xiaoming, Director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office of the State Council (third from right).
During the visit to Beijing, Merlin Swire and Ivan Chu (fourth from left), Chairman of John Swire & Sons (China) Limited, met with Mr Zhang Xiaoming, Director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office of the State Council (third from right).

Prior to attending the summit, Merlin also met with Mr Zhang Xiaoming, Director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office of the State Council. Mr Zhang congratulated Merlin on his recent appointment as Chairman of Swire Pacific in Hong Kong, and praised the Swire group's numerous successful business operations in Mainland China and the Hong Kong SAR. Merlin meanwhile affirmed Swire's ongoing commitment to the long-term prosperity of China.

Merlin Swire and Mr Wang Zhimin.
Merlin Swire and Mr Wang Zhimin.

In July, Merlin paid a courtesy call on Mr Wang Zhimin, Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong SAR. Mr Wang expressed his appreciation for Swire's ongoing investment in Mainland China and the Hong Kong SAR. He said that he believed Swire's businesses will benefit from the rapid economic development in China – in particular, the opportunities offered under the country's "One Belt, One Road" policy and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area initiative.
Sir Adrian Swire
(1932-2018)
Sir Adrian Swire (1932-2018)
Senior management visits
Senior management visits
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Meetings with senior Mainland officials
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