Pakistan is among 26 founding countries of the Boao Forum for Asia, established in 2001. The name Boao comes from a small town of fishermen in Hainan Province in southern China. The Boao Forum has been regularly held in March or April every year since 2002. It is a forum for discussing issues and problems, as well as an exchange of ideas among Asian countries. Usually heads of state, ministers, senior officials, scientists, economists, social activists, politicians and media personnel attend this forum. It is a non-profit organization and was initially only open to Asia-Pacific countries. Today membership has grown from 26 in 2001 to 80, itself a major achievement
Three former minister-level officials have been charged with bribery, the Supreme People's Procuratorate said on Monday.
Pakistan has always been a strong supporter of the forum, actively participating every year. Most of our presidents and prime ministers have attended. This year, Prime Minister H.E. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, along with senior ministers and senior officials, will participate in the forum which will be held from April 8 to 11. The Pakistan embassy in Beijing has established temporary camp offices in Boao and Sanya cities, to facilitate participation of Pakistani delegates.
Yu Haiyan, former vice-governor of Gansu province, was also accused of bribery by the Chongqing Municipal People's Procuratorate No 1 Branch.