Liu Zhengdong, secretary of Guangxi University Party Committee, meets with Eduardo Catroga, former finance minister of Portugal
The third Forum of China-ASEAN University (Country and Regional Studies) Think-Tank Network was held at China-ASEAN Research Institute (CARI) of Guangxi University in September.
The theme of this year’s forum was “Jointly Build a Closer China-ASEAN Community with a Shared Future”. Over 60 scholars and experts from China, ASEAN countries and international organizations, as well as representatives from university think tanks attended the forum.
Vice president of Guangxi University Fan Zuojun presides over the opening ceremony
Fu Dagang, counsel at China Center for Contemporary World Studies, a think tank affiliated to the International Department of the CPC Central Committee; Xu Ningning, executive president of China-ASEAN Business Council; and Liu Zhengdong, secretary of Guangxi University Party Committee, delivered opening remarks and expressed congratulations to the attendees.
Fu Dagang, counsel at China Center for Contemporary World Studies, delivers some opening remarks
Xu Ningning, executive president of China-ASEAN Business Council, delivers some opening remarks
Liu Zhengdong, secretary of Guangxi University Party Committee, delivers some opening remarks
After the opening ceremony, three experts delivered keynote speeches. Talking about globalization and international cooperation, Eduardo Catroga, former finance minister of Portugal, pointed out that a globalized world is an irresistible trend, so that all countries should pursue dialogues and cooperation rather than disputes. Think tanks should provide policy support to enhance cooperation and ensure an open and stable economy.
Eduardo Catroga, former finance minister of Portugal, gives a keynote speech
Professor Tong Jiadong gives a keynote speech
Professor Yang Zaiping gives a keynote speech
In his address, Professor Tong Jiadong, former vice president of Nankai University, concluded that economic integration should be a priority of the countries in the Indo-Pacific region. The economic integration of the Asia-Pacific or even Indo-Pacific region is moving from non-mechanization to mechanization. In exploring mechanisms to promote economic integration, RECP has won more consensuses, he said.
Professor Yang Zaiping called for financial integration in the China-ASEAN community, stressing integration in financial infrastructure, technology standards and industry regulations for providing cross-border financial services. He also urged integration of monetary, supervision and policies.
During the two-day forum, experts held discussions about four topics: Lancang-Mekong cooperation and China-ASEAN ties, East ASEAN Growth Area and Belt and Road cooperation, joint study on reducing poverty through education in Lancang-Mekong countries and construction of China-ASEAN trade corridor. They exchanged views on how to strengthen China-ASEAN strategic partnership and yield win-win results.
Experts analyzed the achievements in Lancang-Mekong cooperation, as well as current opportunities and challenges from different perspectives, including trade investment, regulatory competition, economic relations, export credit and cooperation in education and in non-traditional security issues.
Taking stock of the Belt and Road Initiative, initiatives of Southeast Asian countries, ASEAN integration and current global transformation, the scholars also discussed the future development of China-ASEAN relations.
Participants listen a speaker at the forum
Participants also shared views on economic and trade cooperation, water resource management, digital transformation and cultural exchanges at national, bilateral and regional levels, and provided insights on the development of East ASEAN Growth Area and Belt and Road cooperation.
Experts assessed the progress on poverty relief through education in Lancang-Mekong countries based on educational level, financial policies and cooperative mechanisms. They discussed how to give full play to each country to boost cooperation between China and ASEAN countries.
Experts also gave opinions on the construction and development of the newly-launched land-sea trade corridor, a passage jointly built by western Chinese provinces and ASEAN countries. They offered practical methods and strategies at the forum.
Participants spoke highly of the forum, saying the forum has built a platform for exchanges and mutual learning. The forum laid a good foundation for the future research of topics related to the Belt and Road Initiative, as well as the demands of China and ASEAN countries.
Before the forum, the China-ASEAN University Think-Tank Network held its third council meeting. The secretariat delivered its annual work report. Representatives from the council discussed issues including addition and deletion of members, plans of cooperative projects and agenda for the 2020 forum and reached agreements.
Forum participants pose for a group photo
The China-ASEAN University Think-Tank Network was founded on October 31, 2016 and is comprised of ASEAN University Network member universities and their think tanks, as well as universities designated by the Chinese Ministry of Education. By leveraging key disciplines and talents, the network has built an international platform for China-ASEAN studies and university think tank cooperation and exchanges. The network has provided theoretical and practical basis for China-ASEAN political, economic and cultural cooperation.
This year’s forum was co-sponsored by the Silk Road Think Tank Association (SRTA), China-ASEAN Business Council and the people’s government of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
It was co-organized by SRTA, China-ASEAN University Think-Tank Network Secretariat, China-ASEAN Collaborative Innovation Center for Regional Development Co-constructed by the Province and Ministry and Guangxi University.