The Center for China and Globalization (CCG) held its 2019 New Year Appreciation Dinner at the Hilton, Beijing on Saturday January 19th, 2019. The event saw national leaders, ambassadors and embassy representatives, CCG chairman, vice chairmen and directors, CCG experts, renowned entrepreneurs, multinational executives, international organization representatives and well-known media figures come together to celebrate CCG’s work over the past year and share in what the coming year has in store for China’s leading non-governmental think tank.
In his opening speech, CCG President, Wang Huiyao spoke of the twists and turns seen throughout the past year, stating that for China, 2018 had been a year of facing challenges and determined reform. Whereas for Chinese think tanks, 2018 was a year for testing their strength and reaching out to the world. Mr Wang also noted that last year marked CCG’s ten year anniversary, reminding the audience of some of the think tank’s incredible policy and research achievements as well as some of the awards it has received over the past decade. Expressing his gratitude to CCG supporters, Mr Wang finished by saying that these successes would not have been possible without those who have supported CCG throughout this time, once again thanking guests for attending this year’s New Year Appreciation Dinner, he wished the audience a happy New Year.
Long Yongtu, CCG Chairman, former Vice Minister of Ministry of Foreign Economic Cooperation and Trade and former Secretary-General of the Boao Forum for Asia, took to the podium. Chairman Long Yongtu, reflected on the past year’s international uncertainities, noting the rising trend in anti-globalization and difficulties encountered in Sino-US relations. Mr Long concluded his speech by stating that it is for this reason that Chinese think tanks should strive to make their voices heard and continue to make contributions to promote globalization and progress Sino-US relations.
H.E. Nicholas Rosellini, UN Resident Coordinator in China, began by pointing out that it was not only CCG who were celebrating an anniversary in the year of 2018, China’s reform and opening-up celebrated its 40th anniversary also, with the UN Development Program soon to celebrate its 40th anniversary too. He continued, commenting that China has made great achievements in opening up and international affairs during this period, among which think tanks and research organizations like CCG have been significant contributors. Finally, Mr Rosellini, highlighted the close cooperation CCG and UN agencies have engaged in over the years, and that he looks forward to furthering their work together and exchanges in the future.
After the speeches, CCG Secretary General Dr Miao Lu took to the stage to review CCG’s achievements over the last year, showcasing awards and outstanding position rankings the think tank received both domestically and internationally, as well as presenting a selection of the many research reports and books released by CCG in the past year. CCG has closely followed international trends, held dozens of seminars in China and overseas and conducted formal and informal surveys across its networks over the last 12 months. Through this work CCG has produced specific policy suggestions and made regular proposals to central government and ministires on both international and domestic issues. Dr Miao Lu said that in the coming year CCG will continue in the same vein, working to advance the opening-up of China and Chinese global engagement.
CCG Vice Chairman Wang Junfeng and Vice Chairman He Mei, also addressed the reception, providing comments on CCG’s efforts throughout 2018 and its prospects for the new year. Following the speeches, two musical performances took place, inbetween which guests were invited to take part in a lucky draw as well as sign and leave comments on our CCG wall. The first performance of the evening was internationally renowned violinst Lü Siqing, who gave a remarkable performance of two classical pieces. He was followed by Lei Yang, a soprano singer with the Chinese National Opera and Dance Drama Theater, who performed a number of songs to close off the evening. This event was hosted by Tian Wei, CCG senior non-resident fellow and CGTN host, and Zheng Junfeng, also a host on CGTN.
During the event videos of CCG guest speeches and congratulations on CCG's tenth anniversary from our supporters worldwide were shown.
Congratulations on CCG's 10th anniversary
CCG's New Year's video was also broadcast at the event.
CCG 2019 New Year's Videos
Review of CCG's highlights of 2018
International guests and representatives of international organizations who attended the event include Tim Stratford, Chairman of AmCham China, Managing Partner of Covington & Burling Beijing, Former Assistant USTR; H.E. Stanley Loh, Ambassador of Singapore to China; H.E. Miguel Angel Ramirez Ramos, Ambassador of Cuba to China; H.E. Jarno Syrjälä, Ambassador of Finland to China; H.E. Edward Boateng, Ambassador of Ghana to China; Iida Hirobumi, Minister Counsellor at the Japanese Embassy in China; Alan Beebe, President, AmCham China; William Zarit, Senior Counselor at Cohen Group, Former Chairman of AmCham China, Former Minister Counselor at US Embassy in China; Ma Jian, Vice Representative, UNIDO China; Jacob Parker, Vice President of China Operations at U.S.-China Business Council; Clare Pearson, Chair of the British Chamber of Commerce in China; Sara Marchetta, Vice Chair of EU Chamber of Commerce in China; Thomas Langelaar, Counsellor of Trade and Investment Section of the Delegation of the European Union to China; Rebekah Mawson, Economic Counselor at New Zealand Embassy Beijing; Fabrizio Costa, Economic Counsellor at Italian Embassy Beijing; Dene Yeaman, Counselor of Economy, Australian Embassy Beijing; Jonas Thürig, Deputy Head of Science, Technology and Education Section, Swiss Embassy Beijing; Alexander Kallweit, Chief Representative (China) of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES); Michael Wintzer, Chief Representative, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) China; Adam Dunnett, Secretary-General of European Union Chamber of Commerce in China; Pierre van der Eng, Associate Professor at the Australian National University College of Business and Economics; Kayenga Jokay, Economic Advisor, Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Congo in China; Eileen Chen Kalyan, Representative at SEB Bank Beijing.
Officials from related government departments who attended this event include Zhou Yanli, Former Vice Chairman of China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC), CCG Advisor; Chen Xiaogong, Former Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Office of CPC; Zhang Jing’an, Former Secretary General of Ministry of Science and Technology, CCG Advisor; Ma Junru, Former Head of State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, CCG Advisor; Xu Lin, Counselor for the State Council; Liu Weimin, Director, Department of International Cooperation and Rescue, Ministry of Emergency Management; Jing Quan, Deputy Director-General of MOFCOM Department of America and Oceania; Amb. Luo Linquan, Former Chinese Consul-General in San Francisco; Wang Pijun, General Secretary, Western Returned Scholars Association; Liu Yongzhi, Inspector, China International Talent Exchange Center, Ministry of Science and Technology; Lei Fengyun, Member of the Leadership Team of Department of International Cooperation, Ministry of Science and Technology; Liu Minhua, Director of Beijing Talent Department; Wang Xi, Deputy Director, Exit-Entry of Beijing Administration Bureau.
Also in attendance at this event were CCG Senior Vice-Chairmen including Wang Guangfa, Chairman and President of Beijing Fazheng Group, CCG Vice Chair; Victor Gao Zhikai, Vice President of Center for China and Globalization (CCG); Tang Min, Vice President of CCG, Counselor for the State Council; Howard Li Xuehai, Chairman of Waitex Group; Co-Chairman of Committee of 100 Greater China; Wang Junfeng, Global Chairman of King & Wood Mallesons, CCG Vice Chair; Linda He Mei, Chairman and President of Wailian Overseas Consulting Group, CCG Vice Chair; Michael Guan (Kuan), Founder and Chairman of Kuan Capital, CCG Vice Chair; and, Jiang Xipei, Founder and Chairman of Far East Holding Group Co., Ltd., CCG Vice Chair. In addition, CCG Standing Directors in attendance at this event included: Chen Poujian, CEO of China Horae Capital Management Group, CCG Senior Council Member; Gao Yanding, Founder, Yanding US-China Education, CCG Senior Council Member; Guo Sheng, Chief Executive Officer, Zhaopin.com, CCG Senior Council Member; Leng Yan, Executive Vice President of Daimler Greater China; Li Wen, Founder and Chairman of LinkWeb Management Consulting, CCG Senior Council Member; Mao Daqing, Founder and Chairman of UR Work, CCG Senior Council Member; Qiu Yufeng, CEO of ZorpiaRobot, CCG Senior Council Member; Wang Shengdi, Founder and CEO of Daddy’s Choice, CCG Senior Council Member; Wang Tianpeng, Founder and Vice Chairman of Career International, CCG Senior Council Member; Zhang Shiwei, Partner, Zhonglun LLP, CCG Senior Council Member; Wang Yueju, Chairman of Beijing CC-Pharming, CCG Senior Council Member; Xie Xuanhui, Managing Director of Beijing Caixun Investment, CCG Senior Council Member; Henry Zou, Chairman of Henry Group, CCG Senior Council Member; and, Zhong Xiaoping, Chairman of Qianhai Runneng Investment and Holdings, CCG Senior Council Member; Cen Shuiming, CBO of Flexiv Robotics Ltd, CCG Council Member; Chen Yu, Founder and President of YouYouSpace, CCG Council Member; Cheng Gang, Investing Partner of Elevation China Capital, CCG Council Member; Ma Zhongmin, CEO of Translink International Logistics, CCG Council Member; Tu Zhiyun, Founder and CEO of Woaika; Wang Yang, Executive Director of Shenzhen Qianhai Zhongjuan Investment Holding, CCG Council Member; Wei Bo, Chairman of Chengdu Zhongtong Xintong Technology, CCG Council Member; Wang Bozhi, Former Dean at Senior Research Institute of the Central Financial Institution, CCG Council Member; Xu Jiangtao, Chairman of Ningyuan Real Estate, CCG Council Member; Zhao Bin, Senior Vice President, Legal and Government Affairs of Qualcomm, CCG Council Member; and, Zhao Wei, Managing Partner of Xiangyi Investment Ltd. CCG Council Member.
Many CCG Senior Fellows attended this event too, including Sun Yongfu, Former Director-General of Department of European Affairs, Ministry of Commerce, CCG Senior Fellow; Lu Kejian, Former Director-General of MOFCOM Department of Asian Affairs, Former Minister at the Chinese Embassy in Japan, CCG Senior Fellow; Huo Jianguo, Former President of the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation, CCG Senior Fellow; Zhou Ping, Former Director-General of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Commerce, CCG Senior Fellow; and, Hu Jianhua, Former Deputy Inspector of the CPC Organization Department, CCG Nonresident Senior Fellow. CCG Nonresident Senior Fellows in attendance included Gao Shuguo, Deputy Secretary-General, Education Studies Association of China, CCG Nonresident Senior Fellow; Cui Hongjian, Director of the Department for European Studies, China Institute of International Studies (CIIS), CCG Nonresident Senior Fellow; Ding Yifan, Former Deputy Director and Senior Fellow of the Institute of World Development, Development Research Center of the State Council (DRC), CCG Nonresident Senior Fellow; Jia Wenshan, Professor at School of Journalism and Communication, Renmin University of China (RUC), CCG Nonresident Senior Fellow; Lu Jinyong, Professor at School of International Trade and Economics, University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), CCG Nonresident Senior Fellow; Lu Xiang, Fellow of Institute of World Economics and Politics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), CCG Nonresident Senior Fellow; Shen Shiwei, Commentator of CGTN; Shou Huisheng, Fellow, National Strategy Institute, Tsinghua University, CCG Nonresident Senior Fellow; Wang Jian, Professor, School of International Trade and Economics; Director of International Business Research Center, UIBE, CCG Nonresident Senior Fellow; Zhou Nianli, Professor of University of International Business and Economics, CCG Nonresident Senior Fellow; Yuan Zhibin, Associate Professor, Institutes of Science and Development, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Wang Yiwei, Professor of Diplomacy, School of International Studies, Renmin University of China, CCG Nonresident Senior Fellow; Xu Hongcai, Deputy Chief Economist of China Center for International Economic Exchanges, CCG Nonresident Senior Fellow; and, Xu Xiujun, Vice Director of Political Economics Office, Institute of World Economics and Politics, Chinese Academy of Social Science, CCG Nonresident Senior Fellow. As well as Andy Mok, CGTN Commentator, CCG Nonresident Fellow; Zha Daojiong, Professor at School of International Studies, Peking University, CCG Expert Advisor; and, Huang Rihan, Associate Fellow of College of International Relations, Huaqiao University.
In addition, the following guests also attended the event Zhou Mi, Associate Director of Institute of America and Oceania Studies, Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation; Huang Han, Second Secretary, Department of America and Oceania, MOFCOM; Ji Hongbo, Country Representative, The Asia Foundation China Office; Daya K. Thussu, Distinguished Visiting Professor and Disney Chair in Global Media, Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University; Fang Jin, Deputy Secretary-General of China Development Research Foundation; Fu Luyong, Executive Director, LAOX, JD Group; Hu Wei, Director and Associate Professor, Institutional and Think Tank Evaluation Research Office of CASS; Hua Hua, Managing Director of Penn Wharton China Center; Jin Xiaoqian, Director, Office of Overseas Chinese Affair, Government of Chaoyang District; Li Hong, Founding Counselor, NYO-China; Liu Minhua, Director of Talent at the Department of Organization of the Beijing CPC Committee; Liu Songjian, Founding Partner and President, Beijing Songwo Capital; Bruce Nikoo, Founder and Chairman, Fenghua Venture Consulting; Ning Pengda, Personnel Education Division, Beijing Municipal Science and Technology Commission; Qiao Weibing, Editor-in-Chief of CITIC Publishing Group; Qian Wenhua, Head of Brand Management, Hodo Group; Shen Juan, Director of Talent, Organization Department, Government of Shijingshan District; Su Wang, Vice President, JingDong Group; Wang Hao, Deputy-Director Chaoyang Business Talents Center; Wang Shida, Deputy Director of Institute of South Asian Studies, China Institute of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR); Wang Yongsheng, Chairman of CIIC Talent Information Technology; Wu Xiaorong, Principal Deputy Representative at Cohen Group Beijing; Xiao Yong, Editor-in-Chief and General Manager of China Real Estate; Xu Zhengzhong, Party School of the Central Committee of C.P.C. (Chinese Academy of Governance); Yang Jun, Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering; Yuan Lin, Head of Data Center, Institute of Contemporary China and World Studies; Zhang Wenchun, China Human Resources & Social Security Publishing Group; Zheng Li, President of NXP Semiconductors Greater China, Senior Vice President of NXP Semiconductors; Zheng Li, President of NXP Semiconductors Greater China, Senior Vice President of NXP Semiconductors; Zhou Xiaojiang, Vice President of IKANG Group; Wu Ruina, Head of Editing Department, Counselors’ Internal Publication; Cheng Jing, Editor and Producer at China Global Television Network (CGTN); Chang Hong, Deputy Director of Overseas Communication Department, people.com.cn; Deng Yonghong, Director of Bluebook Division, China Academy of Social Sciences; Li Jia, Journalist, Wall Street Journal; Liu Yiyao, Deputy Director of Multi-Media News Platform at the China Radio International; Pan Hongqi, Director, Department of Comment, China Youth; Wu Gang, Deputy Editor-in-Chief at the CNR; Zhang Yitian, Director, Department of Theory, People’s Daily; Zhang Yuanqing, Head of Xiakedao, People's Daily Overseas Edition; Zhang Shaohong, Editor-in-Chief at World Affairs Press; Zhao Qianjun, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the China Press; Zhu Yan, Editor-in-Chief, Global Times; Zou Ming, Editor-in-Chief, ifeng.com; and, Li Yan, Director, Department of Humanities and Social Science, Springer.
CCG were delighted to share a wonderful evening with all those who attended our 2019 New Year’s Appreciation Dinner, it was a night full of interesting conversation, shared friendship and hope for the year ahead! CCG wishes you all the best for the year of 2019!