Commissioner Addresses Opening Ceremony of Belt and Road Conference

  On 28 September 2018, the Belt and Road Conference by the Hong Kong Law Society was held at the Convention and Exhibition Center. The theme of the Conference is "The ABC to Building a Smart Belt and Road: Law and Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and Cloud". Commissioner Xie Feng was invited by the organizer to make an address at the opening ceremony under the title of "Adding Wings of Law and Technology to Belt and Road". The Conference attracted 600 participants, including Chief Executive Carrier Lam, Justice Secretary Teresa Cheng and other legal, business and technological professionals from Hong Kong, the mainland and other countries.

  In his address, Commissioner Xie shared his views on the trade war, a topic receiving high attention. He stressed that peace, cooperation, openness, integration, reform and innovation have become the irresistible trend of our times. The practice of zero-sum game, unilateralism and trade bullying would receive no support. There will be no winners out of trade war, which would only undermine the world economic order, and harm the collective and long-term interests of the international community. Openness and cooperation remains the sole right choice. China proposes that all nations join hands to build a community of shared future for mankind. We will develop ourselves by opening wider. We will further ease market access, strictly protect all types of property rights, enhance alignment to international rules and build a world-class business environment. We will promote mutually beneficial cooperation with all countries and share development opportunities together.

  Commissioner Xie emphasized the role of HK in the development of Belt and Road, saying that Hong Kong is playing a more and more important role as a major hub. The current SAR Government under the leadership of Chief Executive Carrie Lam is bringing into full play the city's advantage, and has committed to taking up new roles as "promoter" and "facilitator". Hong Kong is the only region in China with a common law system. It is well known for the convergence of eastern and western cultures, well-correlated legal standards, and an independent and full-fledged judicial system. The city has ranked among the top in the world for its rule of law, and is one of the most favorable places for arbitration. International legal institutions such as the UN Commission on International Trade Law, Hague Conference on Private International Law and Permanent Court of Arbitration have all established their presence in HK, fully demonstrating their confidence and support to HK as a legal service and dispute settlement center in the Asia-Pacific. The legal communities in Hong Kong have been active in hosting events, like today's conference, and setting up online platforms for dispute settlement with up-to-date technology. All this shows the unique strength and role of Hong Kong in promoting the Belt and Road legal cooperation.

  Commissioner expressed hope at the end of his address that the Conference today would add wings of law and technology to the Belt and Road, so as to help develop it into a road of peace, prosperity, openness, innovation and cultural advancement. The Chinese Central Government and the Commissioner's Office of the Foreign Ministry will, as always, support HK in leveraging on its strength and promote win-win cooperation among all parties. We need to together to build a community of shared future, and create a better tomorrow for mankind.

  The full text of Commissioner Xie's address can be found at the following link:

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