Tokyo-Beijing Forum 2020 Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 2020

November 13, 2020

The Genron NPO will host the Tokyo-Beijing Forum 2020 on November 30 (Mon.) and December 1 (Tue).

Today, the world has been suffering from the COVID-19 outbreak while the US-China rivalry and unilateralism has casted a shadow over international cooperation on our pressing global agendas. The unstable world order has impacted the peace, security and economic prosperity in Northeast Asia. In this historically crucial moment, The Genron NPO hosts a high-level track II dialogue between Japan and China to deepen our communication on important bilateral, regional and global regional issues and enhance cooperation on common challenges.

The Tokyo-Beijing Forum 2020 will be convened by nearly 100 high-profile Japanese and Chinese panelists including state-leader level speakers. In addition to the plenary session, the forum has six breakout sessions on our pressing issues and interests, the COVID-19, digital technology, trade and economy, regional security, political issues, and public opinions. Due to the latest developments with COVID-19, all sessions will take place virtually.

The discussions will be livestreamed on Youtube. If you would like to watch, please register below by November 24th.



Date: November 30, 2020 (Mon) and December 1, 2020 (Tue)
Place: Virtual meeting
Main Theme:"The Future World Order and the Roles of Japan and China in the Post-COVID-19 Era"

Schedule: All sessions are in Tokyo time and have Japanese-Chinese simultaneous interpretation (English interpretation - TBD)

Monday, November 30

9:30am-10:35am  Plenary Session | Opening remarks, Keynote speeches,
           Greetings from Japanese and Chinese governments
10:50am-12:15pm   Panel discussion
1:30pm-3:30pm   Breakout session #1: COVID-19
3:30pm-5:30pm   Breakout session #2: Politics   

Tuesday, December 1

10:00am-12:00pm  Breakout session #3: Trade & Economy
           Breakout session #4: Japanese and Chinese Public Opinions
1:30pm-3:30pm   Breakout session #5: Security
           Breakout session #6: Digital Technology
3:40pm-5:30pm  Plenary Session | Panel Discussions and Joint Statement

Main Panelists and Keynote speakers


Yasuo Fukuda Former Prime Minister of Japan, Tokyo-Beijing Forum Supreme Advisor
Yasushi Akashi Former United Nations Under-Secretary-General
Yuji Miyamoto Former Japanese Ambassador to China
Hirohide Yamaguchi Former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Japan
Fumio Kishida Former Foreign Minister
Takeshi Kunibe Chairman of the Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group
Nakao Takehiko Former President of Asian Development Bank
Rintaro Tamaki Chairman of Japan Center for International Finance, the Former Deputy Managing Director of OECD
Kastutoshi Kawano Former Joint Staff of the Self-Defense Forces
Masanori Nishi Former Administrative Vice-Minister of Defence
Yoji Koda Former Fleet Commander of Self Defense Fleet of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Vice Admiral
Toshio Iwamoto Senior Advisor, NTT DATA Corporation
Hitoshi Oshitani Professor of the Tohoku University, Member of Japan's Government Advisory Panel on COVID-19
Gen Nakatani Member of the House of Representatives, Former Minister of Defense
Yasuhide Nakayama Vice Minister of Defense
Tatsuo Yamasaki Former Vice Finance Minister for International Affairs
Shin Kawashima Professor at Graduate School of the University of Tokyo
Akihiro Mikoda Chief Editor of NHK News Commentary
Ken Jimbo Professor of Keio University  And 20 more panelists


Wang Yi State Councilor, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Xu Lin Deputy Head of Publicity Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, Director of the State Council Information Office
Zhao Qizheng Director of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the 11th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Former Director of the State Council Information Office
Margaret Chan Former Director-General of the WHO
Fu Gao Director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control (CDC)
Liu Song Vice President of Alibaba group
Ji Lin Vice President of iFLYTEK Co., Ltd.
Chang Zhenming Chairman of CITIC (China International Trust and Investment Corporation) Group、 Member of the Economic Affairs Committee of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC)
Cheng Yonghua Former Ambassador to Japan, Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC)
Qingguo Jia (Former Dean of the School of International Studies at Peking University and a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference
Yao Yang Dean of the National School of Development, Peking University
Zhang Tuosheng Director of the Academic Committee at the China Foundation for International and Strategic Studies    and etc.

For the latest update on additional panelists, please visit the Japanese website.

About the Tokyo-Beijing Forum

When Japan-China relations were at their worst in 2005, The Genron NPO launched the "Tokyo-Beijing Forum" as a bilateral track II dialogue. This forum has met once a year even amid various difficulties in Japan-China relations for 13 years. The debates at the forum have been broadly reported by many media of both countries, and the forum has developed into an all-important, influential venue for track II dialogue in Japan and China.

In 2006, Shinzo Abe emphasized in an address the importance of Japan-China relations in this forum. Two months later, he made a surprise visit to Beijing as prime minister of Japan for the summit, and the bilateral relationship had significantly improved. In 2013, despite the increasing tension over territory, the 9th "Tokyo-Beijing Forum" adopted a "No-War Pledge," exemplifying the firm determination of Japan and China to solve issues under whatever conditions through dialogue.


Topic:  The Tokyo-Beijing Forum 2020
Date:  November 30 and December 1, 2020 (in Tokyo time)

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