Two Chinese delegates, including renowned reformist and economics policy adviser Liu He, will attend this year’s Bilderberg meetings, one of the most mysterious global conferences in the world, reports Chinese financial news platform Wallstreetcn.
Liu, director of the Communist Party’s Office of the Central Leading Group for Financial and Economic Affairs and deputy director of the Chinese government’s National Development and Reform Commission, will be accompanied by Huang Yiping, a professor of economics at the National School of Development of Peking University.
The Bilderberg meetings, according to the official website, is an annual private conference of approximately 120-150 political leaders and experts from industry, finance, academia and the media, most of whom are from Europe and North America. Founded in 1954, by a group including Polish politician-in-exile Jozef Retinger, Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands and former Belgian prime minister Paul Van Zeeland, it is regarded as one of the world’s most mysterious international forums as the group refuses media access and does not divulge details of their meetings.
The theme of this year’s conference, to be held in Copenhagen between May 29 and June 1, will reportedly be about the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, which began in February when Russia invaded Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula following civil unrest that ousted Moscow-backed president Viktor Yanukovych. As with every year, the conference will be held under the Chatham House Rule, which states that participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speakers nor of any other participants may be revealed.
Liu’s attendance at this year’s conference is significant as he is regarded a confidant of Chinese president Xi Jinping, whom he has known since they were schoolmates at Beijing’s Middle School 101 in the 1960s. Trained in economic policy in China before earning a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 1995, Liu is said to be a forward-thinking reformer who has been entrusted with crafting China’s economic vision for the next decade, having headed the think-tank in charge of reform at the pivotal third plenum of the CPC 18th National Congress last November.
Prior to Liu and Huang’s attendance, the only other known Chinese participant at the Bilderberg meetings is Chinese vice foreign minister Fu Ying, who attended in 2011 and 2012.