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China's Boao Forum due to start

5 April 2013 Last updated at 02:53 BST

China's annual Boao Forum starts on Saturday.

It is styled as Asia's equivalent of the Davos forum and brings together political and business leaders from Asia, as well as Latin America, the United States and Europe.

This year's forum carries the theme of Asia Seeking Development for all.

John Sudworth reports.