Vanuatu delegation visits 2016 G20 Summit venue

The visiting Members of the Parliament of Vanuatu pose before the flags of the 20 top economies of the world at the entrance hall of Hangzhou International Exhibition Center, the main venue of the 2016 G20 Hangzhou Summit in September.

By Jonas Cullwick

While much of the time of the Vanuatu delegation of 13 Members of Parliament now visiting China was spent meeting dignitaries of the Communist Party of China (CPC)

and senior business leaders with connections to Vanuatu, listening to presentations and learning about China and CPC, they spent a relaxing Monday morning sightseeing while in Hangzhou city in Zhejiang Province.

Hangzhou, the provincial capital of Zhejiang, is the home of Alibaba. It is where, Jack Ma, the founder and CEO of the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, first began the on-line business in 1998 starting with a directory of addresses on-line for people to access and it quickly grew to the giant it is today. Also, Hangzhou is where the leaders of the world’s top 20 economies including the US President, Barak Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin, met in the G20 Hangzhou Summit on September 4 and 5, this year.

On Monday morning, the Vanuatu delegation was taken on a boat ride on Hangzhou’s famous West Lake, where all the leaders of the G20 countries including Barak Obama also made a same trip. After that, the delegation visited the Hangzhou International Exhibition Center, the main venue of the G20 Hangzhou Summit and saw entrance hall where the flags of all the countries are draped, the main hall where the summit meeting were held and also the Banquet Hall. The China 2016 G20 Summit venue is still laid out with the countries’ flags and sitting arrangements for the world’s top famous and powerful leaders as they were at the summit in the main meeting hall and the banquet hall.

Today it is a tourist attraction where thousands of visitors everyday from throughout China and around world go to see and take pictures of themselves as the G20 leaders did in front of their countries’ flags and in front of the cordoned off areas of the main meeting hall and the banquet hall of the summit venue.

In Beijing on Thursday, the Vanuatu delegation was due to visit the Forbidden City, the “Road to Rejuvenation” Exhibition in the National Museum of China and the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall.

Jonas Cullwick, a former General Manager of VBTC is now a Senior Journalist with the Daily Post. Contact: jonas@dailypost.vu. Cell # 678 5460922

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