From left to right:  Mr. Juha Christiansen, Finland, Director of PACTA (Peace Architecture and Conflict Transformation Alliance) David Kennedy Ms. Yoriko Kawaguchi, Member of the Japanese House of Councillors and Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Japan Thai Minister of Tourism Mr. Weeresak Kowsurat

From left to right:
Mr. Juha Christiansen, Finland, Director of PACTA (Peace Architecture and Conflict Transformation Alliance)
David Kennedy
Ms. Yoriko Kawaguchi, Member of the Japanese House of Councillors and Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Japan
Thai Minister of Tourism Mr. Weeresak Kowsurat

On April 24-25, IGLP Director David Kennedy traveled to Beijing as a Member of the Asian Peace and Reconciliation Council.   The APRC delegation met with senior Chinese foreign policy officials and experts to discuss prospects for the peaceful resolution of conflict issues in Asia and China’s role in promoting peace and reconciliation in the region.    Dr. Surakiart Sathirathai, APRC Chairman and Former Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Thailand,  Mr. Shaukat Aziz, APRC Vice-Chairman and Former Prime Minister of Pakistan,  Ms. Yoriko Kawaguchi, Member of the Japanese House of Councillors and Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan led the delegation.   The group met with the newly appointed Chinese Councilor of State,  Mr. Yang Jiechi and with Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs  Mr. Zhang Yesui to discuss China’s role in maintaining peace and to review China’s relations with neighboring countries.   The delegation was hosted by the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs, which also convened a private meeting with Chinese foreign policy experts and scholars, including Mr. Wang Yingfan, Former Vice Foreign Minister and Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations,  Mr. Peng Keyu, Vice President of the CPIFA and former  Chinese Ambassador to the United Nations and  Mr. Li Zhaoxing, member of the APRC, President of the CPIFA and former Chinese Foreign Minister.

In the government compound of Mr. Yang Jiechi, State Councilor of China Ambassador Virasakdi Futrakul, Secretary General of the APRC Mr. Weerasak Kowsurat, Former Minister of Sport and Tourism, Thailand David Kennedy Dr. Surakiart Sathirathai, Former Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Thailand.  Chairman of APRC Mr. Shaukat Aziz, Former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Vice-Chairman of APRC Ms. Yoriko Kawaguchi, Member of the House of Councillors and Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Japan Mr. Juha Christensen, Finland Dr. Tej Bunnag, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Thailand

In the government compound of Mr. Yang Jiechi, State Councilor of China
Ambassador Virasakdi Futrakul, Secretary General of the APRC
Mr. Weerasak Kowsurat, Former Minister of Sport and Tourism, Thailand
David Kennedy
Dr. Surakiart Sathirathai, Former Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Thailand. Chairman of APRC
Mr. Shaukat Aziz, Former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Vice-Chairman of APRC
Ms. Yoriko Kawaguchi, Member of the House of Councillors and Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Japan
Mr. Juha Christensen, Finland
Dr. Tej Bunnag, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Thailand