CCG in 2017
2017 proved extraordinary for both the world and CCG. China and globalization, the core theme of CCG’s mission, experienced transformations that will likely impact international politics for decades to come. In 2017, with globalization at a crossroads and China poised to play a growing role in global governance, CCG upped its efforts to fulfill its mission through hard teamwork and the support of our members, partners, and friends.
CCG completed 60 research projects, including several commissioned by the government, submitted 223 policy advisory reports, published 14 books in Chinese and English, released 18 study reports, and held 156 public events including forums, seminars, and conferences.
Following great efforts, CCG climbed to rank 91st among think tanks worldwide and was the top-ranked Chinese independent think tank in the 2017 Global Go To Think Tank Index compiled by the University of Pennsylvania Think Tank and Civil Society Program (TTCSP). This marked the first time a Chinese independent think tank has broken into the top 100. CCG was also ranked among China’s top ten organizations for 2016 to 2017 in the Blue Book on Chinese Management, authored by China Society of Management Science. CCG is the only independent organization to have received these awards and CCG best practices were featured in the book as exemplary cases.
In November 2017, CCG launched its Hong Kong Council. This makes CCG one of the very few Chinese think tanks to have a branch in the Special Administrative Region. Connecting with business leaders in Hong Kong, the new council aims to help carve out a larger role for Hong Kong in large-scale projects such as the Belt and Road Initiative and the “Greater Bay Area” that links up Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macau. Former Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chunying gave an address at the inauguration ceremony and the first Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa sent a congratulatory letter.
In addition to its series of Blue Books, CCG and the Springer group published an English language book titled International Migration of China: Status, Policy and Social Responses to the Globalization of Migration. The Handbook on China and Globalization, a collaboration with the UK’s Edward Elgar Publishing Group, has also been completed in manuscript form and will soon be published.
CCG focused its resources and energies towards improving trade and investment relations between China and the U.S. Following rising anti-globalization sentiment after the election of President Trump, CCG published research reports and policy papers at almost every major inflection point in Sino-U.S. bilateral relations. Our senior fellows, including former high-ranking officials from the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, made significant contributions to the discussion on strengthening Sino-U.S. economic and people-to-people relations.
In May, CCG hosted seven scholars from the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), the largest AEI delegation to ever visit China. CCG and AEI co-hosted a symposium to discuss bilateral economic relations following the Mar-a-Lago summit between President Xi and President Trump.
In October, CCG President Dr. Wang Huiyao led a CCG delegation to the U.S. to foster a better understanding of the shifting political climate facing policymakers and business leaders in both countries. In New York and Washington D.C., CCG hosted 12 meetings and events at institutions such as the Council on Foreign Relations, Asia Society, and Committee of 100, featuring America’s leading China experts and prominent business leaders. CCG also organized a symposium on Chinese investment in the U.S. at a Senate Building in Washington D.C, drawing a bipartisan crowd of stakeholders.
CCG’s delegation also met with leading politicians on Capitol Hill and luminaries from the think tank community including Heritage Foundation Dr. Edwin Feulner and senior representatives from institutions such as the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI), Brookings, AEI, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE), Migration Policy
Institute (MPI), Center for American Progress (CAP), and the Wilson Center. Through these discussions, CCG sought to strengthen ties with U.S. counterparts and refine ideas about what can be done to further improve Sino-U.S. relations.
In 2017, we welcomed 55 new members to CCG’s Advisory Council, bringing the total to 170. Led by CCG Chair Long Yongtu, co-chairs He Yafei and Ronnie Chan, and President Wang Huiyao, the CCG Advisory Council represents one of the most open and outward-thinking policy advisory groups in China. Bound by a shared mission to promote China’s openness, our chairs, council members, and members all shared their views on pushing forward the “going global” movement and engaged policymakers through activities such as the publication of the 2017 Blue Book on Globalization of Chinese Enterprises and the annual China Outbound Forum.
2018 marks a decade since CCG was established and the 40th anniversary of China’s Reform and Opening-up, a historic landmark in a process that has lifted over 800 million people out of poverty and put China on a track to national rejuvenation. At CCG, we feel that our evolution and development is closely intertwined with China’s Reform and Opening-up process.
In 2018, as in 2017, it is likely that the world will continue to see threats and disruption caused by “black swans” and “gray rhinos,” as well as forces against globalization and uncertainty in Sino-U.S. bilateral relations. Amidst these complex circumstances, CCG will continue to strive to fulfill its mission in support of globalization.
The Center for China and Globalization (CCG) is a leading Chinese independent think tank based in Beijing. It is dedicated to the study of Chinese public policy and globalization. Boasting a strong research team, it enjoys an impressive record of publications and events with broad public policy impact. CCG’s research agenda centers on China’s growing role in the world, drawing from issues of global migration, foreign relations, international trade and investment, homegrown MNCs and other topics pertaining to regional and global governance.
The think tank is co-chaired by three eminent Chinese: Long Yongtu, former Vice Minister of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce and chief negotiator for China’s accession into the WTO; He Yafei, former Vice Minister of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ronnie Chen, Hong Kong real estate entrepreneur and philanthropist. The advisory board represents a constellation of prominent figures from academia, business and policy-making communities at home and abroad.
In 10 years, CCG has grown into the country’s premier independent think tank best known for its role in promoting China’s greater openness. In the “2017 Global Go To Think Tank Index” by the University of Pennsylvania Think Tank and Civil Society Program (TTCSP), CCG ranked 91st of the top think tanks worldwide, representing the first Chinese independent think tank to break into top 100 in history. According to the index, CCG is currently the highest ranked independent think tank in China.