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Prominent figures recognize CCG’s tenth anniversary as a landmark in the development of Chinese think tanks

Thursday,Jul 12, 2018

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Back in 2008, CCG set sail on a voyage to promote globalization. 2018, the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening-up, marks CCG’s tenth anniversary. To mark this milestone, prominent figures from the world of government, academia, and business shared their views in recognition of CCG’s development and contributions to society.

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Long Yongtu, CCG Chairman, former vice minister of commerce; former secretary-general of Boao Forum for Asia

As China’s leading independent think tank, over the past ten years, CCG has made important contributions to China’s reform process and globalization. CCG has continuously put great emphasis on the practical application of research findings and put forward many innovative policy recommendations to support China’s globalization strategy and the “going out” of Chinese enterprises.

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He Yafei, CCG co-chair, former vice minister of foreign affairs; former deputy director of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council

Over the past ten years, CCG has contributed many proposals for China’s participation in and stewardship of global governance and undertaken important research on pressing issues. CCG has also been successful in establishing relationships with its counterparts in many other countries, deepening the interaction between China and think tanks around the world. These major achievements would not have been possible without the joint efforts and dedication of CCG’s experts, researchers and staff.

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Ronnie Chan, CCG co-chair and chairman of Hang Lung Group

As we welcome its tenth birthday, I am very pleased to see how CCG has become an international think tank with significant influence in China and abroad. China has seen great change and great progress in the ten years that CCG has been in existence. However, during this decade, China has also faced major challenges. In its role as an independent think tank, CCG has made significant contributions to policymaking in the fields of human resources and global flows of talent. As China plays an increasingly important role on the world stage, I hope that CCG will continue its research excellence in these fields over the next decade and share Chinese perspectives with the international community.

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Yu Hongjun, CCG advisor and former vice minister of the International Department of the Central Committee

I’m delighted to celebrate the tenth anniversary of CCG. As one of the first independent Chinese think tanks, CCG has achieved remarkable progress over the last decade, engaging in Track II diplomacy efforts and receiving widespread praise both at home and abroad. CCG’s growth reflects current trends in the development of independent Chinese think tanks, and I am confident that over the next ten years, CCG will come to play an increasingly important role in interactions with other think tanks around the world.

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Long Guoqiang, deputy director of the State Council Development Research Center

During the course of its decade-long journey, CCG has leveraged its own unique global perspective to provide valuable suggestions for globalization and China’s development. It is my hope that in years to come, CCG’s work will continue to evolve and excel.

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Fu Chengyu, CCG advisor and former Sinopec chairman

CCG’s tenth anniversary is a remarkable milestone. In the international arena and think tank community, CCG’s work has become well recognized and valued. With the world in the midst of a major transformation, I hope that CCG will continue to share Chinese perspectives and insights with the world.

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Shen Guofang, former spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, former Chinese ambassador to the United Nations

The key to CCG’s success is its ability to grasp the global perspective and use this to contribute to China’s integration with the rest of the world. Over the past decade, CCG has published countless valuable reports that have served as an important guide for policymaking. I believe that CCG has great potential to continue developing and hope that it will continue to bring forward proposals for China and globalization in the future.

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Nicholas Rosellini, UN resident coordinator in China

Think tanks play an important role in the world and are valued partners for the UN and UNDP. Think tanks are often in the best position to engage in dialogue on public policy. Given its interest in international affairs and globalization, CCG is ideally placed in the middle of the current debate on the future course of globalization and how we adjust public policies to ensure that globalization is inclusive and sustainable. UNDP needs strong partners in China and in particular international think tanks such as CCG in order to have these discussions.

 

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Alistair Michie, secretary general, British East Asia Council

I warmly congratulate CCG on its tenth anniversary, a milestone in the organization’s evolution and development. This is an excellent occasion to reflect on the importance of CCG’s work and the foundations it has laid for the future.

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Michael Pillsbury, director of the Center on Chinese Strategy, Hudson Institute

Congratulations to CCG on its tenth anniversary. CCG is perhaps the most influential think tank in China and is well-known in Washington D.C, regularly giving presentations at our most important think tanks, sharing new ideas and helping to improve China-US relations. Given that there are so many misperceptions surround the bilateral relationship, the work of CCG is important in reducing misunderstandings and building trust.

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Terry Miller, director of the Center for International Trade and Economics at the Heritage Foundation, former US ambassador to the UN

I would like to congratulate CCG on their ten-year anniversary. CCG represents a new type of think tank in China, and its existence opens up opportunities for cooperation with think tanks in the United States and other countries around the world. I think CCG’s development is a great boost for international cooperation and will aid mutual understanding between Chinese and Americans.

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