Tuesday, June 21, 2016

2016 China-US Public Diplomacy Summit held in Beijing

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The 2016 China-US Public Diplomacy Summit was held on Sunday in Beijing.

Over 30 government officials, scholars and media leaders attended the gathering, with the theme being to Promote China-US Public Diplomacy and Enhance Asia-Pacific Security Cooperation.

Shi Yinhong, a professor of US studies at Renmin University of China elaborated on his understanding of new model of major power relationship while addressing the summit.

"The US should accept China's future leading position in GDP, total foreign trade and its influence in Asia's economy, politics and diplomacy, in order to build a new model of major power relationship,” Shi said.

"To build such a relationship, US should also accept China's competitive military advantage in its coastal waters and weaken military ties with its alliances in the Asia-Pacific region," he said.

"Meanwhile, Beijing should recognize Washington's overall military advantage in the world," Shi added.

Concerning the development of think-tanks in China, Cheng Li, director of John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution said communication between think-tanks of China and the US played a vital role to handle misunderstandings and miscalculations.

"China's think-tanks are in a fast-developing period, it is inevitable that problems like formalism, inefficiency and similarity will occur. However, the overall development is about advancement and also historic," Li said.

The summit was jointly hosted by the National Academy of Development and Strategy at Renmin University of China and the China Public Diplomacy Association.

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