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The European Symposium of the World Forum on China Studies Kicks off in Berlin

Submit Time:04-08-2017 | Source:Guangming Daily | Zoom In | Zoom Out

  The European Symposium of the World Forum on China Studies took place in Berlin on July 9-10, 2017. This is the third consecutive year for the World Forum on China Studies to hold a symposium overseas following the US Symposium in 2015 and the East Asian Symposium in 2016.

  The theme of the European Symposium is about “China and Globalization: New Era, New Challenges”. Containing echoes with the just-concluded G20 Hamburg Summit, the event is aimed to thoroughly explore the profound changes in the current globalization drive and the influence thereof as well as the roles and responsibilities China and EU share in response to the zigzag globalization.

  This symposium was hosted by the State Council Information Office in cooperation with Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Institute of European Studies of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and Bertelsmann Foundation.

  Zhang Junhui, minister of the Chinese Embassy in Germany, said in his opening speech that “The European Symposium of World Forum on China Studies coincides with the G20 Hamburg Summit. It is intended to discuss about what influence and challenges the globalization poses on China and Europe. Riding on the current international political and economic situation, it is of both theoretical and practical significance.” During the symposium, 50-plus scholars from China, Germany and other countries exchanged their views on nine proposals from the following three perspectives: “Political and Economic Trends Confronting China and the Rest of the World”, “Dialogues among Different Cultures in the World”, and “China and International Order”. Their discussions involved many fields as diverse as politics, economy, history, culture, and international relations. Thanks to this event, the academic circles of Europe gained a further understanding of China’s convictions and practices concerning globalization and global governance, thereby theoretically supporting the strategic collaboration between China and Europe in a new round of globalization.

  Several renowned experts and scholars including Cai Fang, Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) and Hans-Peter Werner, Counselor, Development Division, World Trade Organization, delivered keynote speeches at the event, which explored the consensus and shared interests of China and Europe in terms of globalization and global governance.