To facilitate the cultural exchange between China and America and develop ‘track-II’ diplomacy, China’s leading independent think tank, Center for China and Globalization (CCG) launched a trek to America between September 29, 2017 and October 4, 2017.
On Sep 29, the team of CCG visited the Consulate- General of China in New York and held an in-depth conversation with the Counselor of the Economic and Commercial Section of the Consulate-General of China, Zhou Shanqing and the Monday Consular, Zhou Yi. The conversation covered issues including Chinese and American economic relations, investment policies, and development of Chinese nongovernmental think tanks.
During the visit, the expert team of CCG introduced the Counselor to CCG’s research scope and impact on the study of globalization and anti-globalization. Particularly, CCG discussed its work on investigating the challenges and opportunities for China during Trump’s presidency, cooperation on infrastructure construction between the two states, and areas of further cultural exchange.
The Counselor Zhou Shanqing commented on the current situation of the cooperation and development of Chinese and American companies and applauded the efforts that CCG has made in its ‘track-II’ diplomacy. He appreciated the insights that CCG offered into the strategic partnership of the two countries. He would like to see more research results from CCG and further communication between the two countries’ commerce, academics, culture and talents.
Prior to President Trump’s visit to China and after the first- round cultural and social communication between China and America led by Liu Yandong, the Vice Premier of State Council, the cultural exchange between the two countries was the main force in driving the long-term development of the two countries’ relations. Through this visit, CCG aims to deepen the mutual trust and understanding between the two countries and help think tanks play a bigger role in influencing government policies and the development of companies.
CCG’s week-long journey to America began on Sep 29. As an independent think tank of China that is devoted to the cultural and academic exchange between the two countries, CCG aims to deepen the mutual trust and understanding between the two countries through this visit.
Before this event, CCG held a meeting with Council on Foreign Relations. CCG organized a roundtable discussion with the business community of New York and Committee of 100. Additionally, CCG shared with the Asia Society CCG’s perspectives on the economic and trade relation between China and America, global governance and the two countries’ cooperation on infrastructure construction. Thereafter, the team will head to Washington D.C. and organize an investment forum at Capitol Hill. After that, the team of CCG will visit Department of Commerce of the U.S. and organize several symposiums with many world-class think tanks in America, including The Heritage Foundation and Migration Policy Institute.
As a leading independent think tank from China, CCG’s visit has facilitated and materialized the cultural exchange and cooperation between China and America. The CCG team includes the following participants: Wang Huiyao, the President of CCG, Miao Lu, the Secretary-General of CCG, Li Weifeng, the Executive Secretary-General of CCG, Tang Beijie, the Deputy Secretary-General, Xiao Huilin, the Senior Researcher of CCG, Wang Zhi, the Non-Resident Senior Fellow of CCG, and Li Yeqing, the Non-Resident Senior Fellow.