On Aug. 19, CCG hosted the 13th Beijing Forum of the Western Returned Scholars Association & 2018 Chinese Returned Scholars Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum. More than 50 leading business executives, entrepreneurs, and scholars have shared with the audience of nearly 800 people their experience of the reform and opening-up progress in the past 40 years and their insights about the future mission of returned overseas Chinese.
On August 23, CCG held a roundtable Dialogue on WTO Modernization in Beijing with leading Swiss think tank Center for International Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) to discuss emerging and existing issues relative to WTO and with major focus on Trade war between the world two biggest economies, America and China as well as developing countries.
CCG was created in 2008 with an aim to promote China’s role in the globalization. 10 years later, on the 40th anniversary of the reform and opening-up policy, CCG celebrates its 10th birthday with a strong drive to contribute more to think tank innovation and China’s globalization. On June 30, 2018, over 100 Chinese and international government officials, business leaders, and scholars, as well as foreign diplomats, gathered in Beijing at CCG’s anniversary reception to review its achievements in the past decade and discuss how to build a brighter future.
Chinese-Americans and “bridging” organizations such as the Committee of 100 and CCG have a vital role to play in promoting harmonious Sino-US relations, particularly given intensifying trade frictions between the two countries. One figure seeking to play such a role is Frank Wu, Distinguished Professor of Law at UC Hastings and president of the Committee of 100 (C100), a leadership organization of prominent Chinese Americans in business, government, academia, and the arts.
In recent days, President Trump directed the US Trade Representative's office to draw up a list of $200 billion worth of Chinese goods to subject to an additional 10% tariff, up from the initial threat of $50 billion worth. In response, China’s Ministry of Commerce said that China will respond with qualitative and quantitative measures against the US if Trump’s threats are carried out.
In an ever-more globalized world where technology and politics drive rapid changes, think tanks can play an invaluable role in contributing towards sustainable, balanced global development and harmonious cross-border relations. In recent years, think tanks have been proliferating in Asia. China, in particular, has the right conditions for these institutions to grow and play a larger role in society.