The International Top Forum on Overseas China Studies had its first edition on November 18-19, 2016 in Beijing. This forum was themed “the Prospects of China’s Development and New Challenges”. Scholars from home and abroad held in-depth exchanges and discussions on the prospects and challenges confronting China’s social governance, international cooperation on anti-corruption, overseas investment and domestic industry upgrade centered on the “Belt and Road” initiative, and overview on China’s ties with the US, Europe and its neighboring countries.
The forum was hosted by the Overseas Contemporary Chinese Studies Center of the Central Compilation & Translation Bureau with the support of the Coordinative, Innovative Study Center of Beijing-based Colleges and Universities on Global Influence of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics, an organization affiliated to Beijing Foreign Studies University. Mr. Li Cheng, director of the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution of the US, Mr. Jean-Pierre Cabestan (French), head of Department of Government and International Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University, Björn Conrad, vice president of the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS), Mr. Gu Xuewu, director of the Center for Global Studies at the University of Bonn, Mr. Andrey Vinogradov, director of the Russian Center for Political Studies at the Institute of Far Eastern Studies, the Russia Academy of Sciences, and Mr. Niklas Swanström, director of the Sweden-based Institute for Security and Development Policy attended the forum. Besides, many researchers and scholars of Chinese studies from Britain, Japan, South Korea and other countries took part in the meeting. Also present at the forum were representatives from an array of Chinese universities and research institutes including Tsinghua University, Peking University, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Beijing Language and Culture University, Tianjin Foreign Studies University and the National Library of China as well as some scholars engaged in overseas Chinese studies.