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Experts hail China’s inclusive development

PARTICIPANTS at the 6th World Forum on China Studies in Shanghai said China’s rise was the best illustration of inclusive development as the country benefitted by learning from other countries.

It also guaranteed its friendly attitude toward other countries despite having differences.

Experts said countries needed to communicate more to find solutions to their disagreements. China has always advocated a “win-win” solution that required closer global collaboration. The forum was themed “China’s Reform Opportunities for the World.”

“China is actually a country of mixed culture,” said Zheng Yongnian, director of East Asian Institute at National University of Singapore. “Its rapid rise in the past three decades is a process of learning from others, not only from Western powers, but also from smaller neighboring countries.”

Zheng said while China’s growth model bears certain features of other countries, it was definitely a China model that was unique and distinct and would never be fully westernized. He added that some Middle Eastern nations that had borrowed growth models from the West which had ended in failures.

Wang Zhan, president of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, said Shanghai represents the country’s spirits of inclusiveness.

“Shanghai is a good example of absorbing the strength of others to nurture its own,” Wang told the forum. “It is a city of migrants and of active foreign interaction.

“But it has a clear vision for itself, and has been a leader in China’s reforms.”

David Lampton, director of China Studies Program at Johns Hopkins University, said it was important to ensure communications at all levels to promote mutual understanding between the United States and China. “Chinese President Xi Jinping visited the US in September, and it was a fruitful visit,” Lampton said.

“But we feel the Sino-US relationship has run into trouble due to frictions in areas such as the South China Sea, cyber security and climate change. We need to strengthen communication, not just between the leadership, but also among the two societies.”

Lampton was one of the winners of this year’s award for their excellent contributions to China studies. Among the other winners were Mikhail Titarenko, director of the Institute of Far Eastern Studies at Russian Academy of Science, Tan Chung, ex-director of China Studies Institute at India’s Jawaharlal Nehru University, and Elizabeth Perry, Director of Harvard-Yenching Institute at Harvard University.

“China study is intriguing but we need the Chinese to tell their stories better,” said Tan, an Indo-Chinese scholar.

Robert Lawrence Kuhn, chairman of the Kuhn Foundation, said people should look more into Chinese domestic situations, which are under rapid transformation, to better understand the country.

The World Forum on China Studies is an international academic forum co-sponsored by the State Council Information Office and the Shanghai Municipal Government.

It is organized by the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences and the Shanghai Information Office.



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