Minister of Justice Tang Yijun has urged joint efforts of global lawyers to advance the high-quality development of global legal services.
Tang made the remarks when delivering a speech at the opening ceremony of the 30th Annual Meeting and Conference of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) held in Shanghai on April 19.
Minister of Justice Tang Yijun attends and speaks at the opening ceremony of the 30th Annual Meeting and Conference of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA). [Photo/moj.gov.cn]
Noting in his speech that China has always attached great importance to the promotion of rule of law, he said that by actively adapting to the need for an all-round opening-up, participating in international legal services, and communicating and cooperating with the rest of the world, China's legal profession has made substantial progress.
He said he expects Chinese lawyers and their foreign peers to join hands in moving economic globalization towards greater openness, tolerance, inclusiveness, balance and win-win outcomes, innovating the global governance system using the rule of law, advancing the global economic integration, and pursing the prosperity of the global legal service industry.
Li Fei, chairman of the Constitution and Law Committee of the National People's Congress, noted in his address that with constant improvement of its legislative system, China has made enormous progress in promoting the rule of law since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in 2012.
He said that the country will further promote foreign-related rule of law and improve relevant laws and rules so as to contribute Chinese solution and wisdom to the rule of law promotion around the world.
In his speech, Gong Zheng, mayor of Shanghai, pointed out that Shanghai has become one of the regions in China with the most open legal service markets and the highest density of local offices and representatives of foreign law firms.
He said that the city is striving to become a high ground for global legal services, international commercial dispute resolution and the building of a law-based business environment.
He vowed to advance the overall development of the foreign-related legal service industry, protect the legitimate rights and interests of market entities of all types in a lawful and impartial manner, and contribute more to the innovative development of the lawyer profession in the Asia and Pacific region.
Also at the ceremony, Vice-Minister of Justice Xiong Xuanguo made a keynote speech on the building of first-rate arbitration institutions in the world. Ban Ki-moon, former secretary-general of the United Nations and chairman of Boao Forum for Asia, also addressed the event via video link.
Over 600 guests and representative from more than 30 countries and regions attend the meeting in person or through video link.