Chongqing‘s party boss has told a group of visiting business leaders from Hong Kong and abroad that the municipality will be more open to foreign investment, in a bid to reassure them in the wake of Bo Xilai‘s downfall.
“Chongqing will definitely further open up and be more active in terms of its economic development,” Zhang Dejiang (pictured) told a number of prominent entrepreneurs who attended the 2012 Annual Conference of CEC/CEDA and Liangjiang Forum in the economically robust southwestern municipality on Saturday.
Before the forum, Mika Vehvilainen, the president and CEO of Finnair; David Hsu, director of Jardine Matheson; and Dr Annie Wu Shuk-ching, chairwoman of Beijing Air Catering, were among those attending a rarely seen high-profile meeting with Zhang that lasted roughly 45 minutes on Friday afternoon.
Other top figures from businesses such as Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) were also present at the meeting.
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