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Photo taken on Oct. 3, 2020 shows the night view of Canton Tower in Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province. (Xinhua/Liu Dawei)

GUANGZHOU, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- The Understanding China Conference 2020 commenced on Friday in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong Province, facilitating multi-faceted and in-depth discussions to enhance mutual understanding between China and the rest of the world.

Themed "Huge Shake-up, Big Test, Great Cooperation -- China's New March Toward Modernization and a Community of a Shared Future for Humanity," the three-day event has attracted more than 600 celebrated politicians, strategists, scholars, and entrepreneurs, as well as representatives of international organizations, according to its organizers.

The conference is taking place amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which has brought big challenges for China and massive changes to the world, Li Junru, head of the China Institute for Innovation & Development Strategy, said at a press briefing before the conference.

Participants will attend discussions, seminars, and forums online and offline concerning ten topics such as China's new development patterns, security, global governance, and economic recovery.

Guests shared their views and comments on achievements of the Chinese people during the past 40 years since the launch of the "reform and opening-up" policy.

"China is the only country in the world that has every industrial category outlined in the UN industry classification list," said Zheng Bijian, Chairman of the China Institute for Innovation & Development Strategy.

"The Chinese government is decisive in opening its gates wider. This helped stabilize its industrial and supply chains and boosted its development through high-level opening-up," Zheng said.

Speakers at the opening ceremony also shared their views of future development and international cooperation.

"The most important question in international relationships is whether we can find the basis of future cooperation and prevent descent into a future of 'one world, two systems'," said Gordon Brown, former British prime minister, adding that the only way out is responsible cooperation.

Launched in 2013, the Understanding China Conference has served as a platform for the world to understand China's development.

This year's conference marks the fifth of its kind. It is the second time it has taken place in Guangzhou. ■

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