Sep 28

The International Symposium “Think Tanks and the China-Germany Relationship” Held at BFSU


Date: 16:51:58   Sep 26th, 2016

On Sep 24th and 25th, the international symposium “Think Tanks and the China-Germany Relationship” was held in Meeting Room 507 of the Administration Building at Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU). The symposium was hosted by the German Department. Eminent think-tanks scholars from China, Germany and Switzerland and the experts who specialize in Chinese and German issues were gathered to discuss the construction of China-Germany think tanks, the cooperation between Chinese and Germany think tanks and the relationship between think tanks and China-Germany relations.

Professor Jia Wenjian, the university’s vice president, attended and addressed the opening ceremony of the symposium. He introduced the experience gained from the construction of the multi-functional foreign language talents in BFSU and the role BFSU played, for the past few years, in serving the national strategy, developing the new-type think tank and assuming the mission of “let China know the world and let the world understand China”. China’s former ambassador to GermanyMei Zhaorong, and Professor Staack of the Hamburg University of Defense, gave a keynote speech on the importance of the think tank, the latest construction of China-Germany relationship and the challenges they faced. The symposium was presided over by Wu Jiang, deputy director of German department, and Wang Jianbin, director of the Department, attended the opening ceremony and delivered a speech.

In the following theme discussion, Dr. Braml from the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP in German abbreviation), Dr. Tuellert from Heidelberg University, Dr. Gao Tingting, deputy director of Asia Research Divison at German Institute for International Policy and Security Affairs (SWP),  Dr. Apis from German Institute of Global and Area Studis (GIGA) and other nearly 20 domestic experts from Renmin University of China, Tongji University, Fudan University, Zhejiang University, University of International Business and Economics, Beijing Foreign Studies University, the Chinese Evaluation Center for Humanities and Social Sciences of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China Institutes of Contemporary International Relationson as well as the Institute of World Economy, the Jiangsu Academy of Social Sciences reported and exchanged their respective research emphases.

Experts attending the meeting agreed that China should seize the opportunity of constructing a new-type think tank, deeply study and learn the experience of constructing think tanks from the developed countries with Germany as the representative, to promote China’s high-end think tank construction, while make efforts to explore an effective way of cooperation between the Chinese and German think tanks to promote the development of China-Germany relationship and exploit the global dimension of China-Germany cooperation. At the same time, experts have exchanged their experiences on the difficulties of think tank research, such as the measure of the influence of think tanks and the index system of think tank evaluation.

The experts summed up the historical progress, fruitful achievements and development prospect of Chinese studies in Germany and German studies in China, and explored their roles as researchers of national and regional problems, for example, how to reconcile the dual identity of researcher and adviser, how to apply the knowledge to offer advice and suggestions to the political decision-makers, on the basis of maintaining the scientific nature of academic researches. Experts at home and abroad attending the meeting fully affirmed the achievements of BFSU made in the training of multi-functional foreign language talents and its bold attempt made in the study of national think tanks.

The international academic symposium is the mid-term research result of our Youth Academic Innovation Team program on the “Influence of the German Think Tank on German Policy towards China (1998-2018)”, chaired by Wu Jiang, the associate professor of the German Department, and won attention from the China Daily,Guangming Daily and many other media.

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