Via China Daily

A view of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Convention Center in Boao, South China’s Hainan province, on April 10, 2018. [Photo by Xu Jingxing /]

The Boao Forum for Asia has decided not to hold its annual conference in 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the forum said in a statement on Thursday.

“The raging COVID-19 pandemic across the world is threatening human health and the global economy. In response to international efforts to contain the disease and prioritizing the health and safety of all participants, the forum’s board of directors made the difficult decision of not holding this year’s annual conference.”

The forum still continues preparation for three major thematic conferences scheduled in the latter half of the year, including the first conference of the International Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation on Nov 9 in Macao; the first Global Economic Development and Security Forum in September in Zhuhai; and the second Conference of Global Health Forum in October in Qingdao.

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