Think tank contributes to China's wisdom on global governance

By Guo Yiming
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Han Fangming, founding chairman of the Charhar Institute [Photo provided to] 

Over 300 officials, business leaders, and scholars at home and abroad rallied at Wenzhou City, Zhejiang Province on Oct. 28 to brainstorm how China's wisdom can contribute to global governance.

Centered on the theme of innovating global governance and public diplomacy, the 2016 Charhar Forum on Public Diplomacy and Wenzhou Public Diplomacy Forum are co-organized by the Charhar Institute, a non-governmental think tank on China's foreign policy and international relations, and Wenzhou Municipal Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

In the face of a changing global landscape, widespread doubts over western liberal democracy, a lingering economic slowdown, and the rise of populism, the world is embracing a new era of globalization and global governance.

"China should unswervingly uphold the global governance system led by the United Nations and provide new initiatives like the BRICS and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), to advocate democracy in international relations and explore new models for common development and win-win situations," said He Yafei, former vice foreign minister, former vice minister of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council.

The veteran diplomat also proposed a change in direction of promoting global governance that involves combining China's wisdom with the merits of the world's civilizations in order to provide global public goods that can keep pace with the changing time.

The discussion of this theme is a follow-up after the G20 Hangzhou Summit last month and echoes President Xi Jinping's call for contributing Chinese wisdom and "pushing the world order and global governance system toward a more just and reasonable direction."

"As a responsible country, undertaking rapid development, China has the confidence and the ability to contribute its wisdom for world peace and global governance," said Han Fangming, founding chairman of the Charhar Institute, vice chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the CPPCC National Committee.

"In an age of global governance, China is transforming from a participant to a leader which contributes its plans for common development."

The event also discussed public diplomacy as several representatives from regional organizations shared their experiences and efforts in enhancing friendly relations between China and the rest of the world.

Public diplomacy needs synergetic efforts among the government, think tanks, universities, businesses and regional associations to keep up the growing momentum in China, said Zhao Qizheng, former minister of China's State Council Information Office, honorary chairman of the International Advisory Committee at the Charhar Institute.

The forum also announced the "Wenzhou Declaration," in recognition of regional and individual efforts to push public diplomacy.

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