November 18, 2017: Well-known Indian Studies Experts and Senior Advisor of Indian Studies Center of the Pangoal Institution Mr. Tan Zhong’s Lecture on "Past, Present and Future of China-India Exchanges" was held in Beijing
November 18, 2017: Well-known Indian Studies Experts and Senior Advisor of Indian Studies Center of the Pangoal Institution Mr. Tan Zhong’s Lecture on "Past, Present and Future of China-India Exchanges" was held in Beijing

On November 18th in 2017, the Pangoal Institution held a lecture on “The Past, Present and Future of China-India Exchanges” and invited renowned Indian research expert Tan Zhong and his wife---Professor Huang Qishu to decipher the improvement of Sino-Indian relations. The event was chaired by Mr. Liu Youfa, vice chairman of Academic Committee of the Pangoal Institution and former Chinese Consul General in Mumbai. Before the lecture, Yi Peng, president of the Pangoal Institution, presented Mr. Tan with a certificate of appointment as a senior advisor to the Indian Studies Center of the Pangoal Institution.

 

Special Senior Strategy Research Fellow, the Pangoal Institution Pi Jun, Academic Committee Member, the Pangoal Institution and Dean, Ocean Development Research Institute, Ocean University of China Pang Zhongying, director of the Asia-Africa Department of School of Foreign Languages, Peking University Wei Liming, Dean of Jiguang Academy in Huairou District of Beijing Qi Zhanneng, Associate Research Fellow of Research Department of China Institute of International Studies Lan Jianxue, Professor, Research Center for Social Development, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Beijing Institute of Technology Chen Zonghai, Research Fellow of the Pangoal Institution Wei Liping, Assistant Research Fellow of Indian Studies Center, the Pangoal Institution Du Wenrui attended the lecture.

 

In the course of nearly half a century, Mr. Tan has set an example by practicing the mission of promoting China-India exchanges and has a full knowledge of China-India relations. In his speech, he pointed out that with common people and culture, the development path of civilized countries mainly focuses on the spread of big love. As two ancient civilizations, we should promote the development of geo-civilization. If China-India relations really improve, we must return to the path of development of a civilized nation. He emphasized that the relations between China and India are the most important issues. Although there are occasional frictions in the relations between the two countries, they are making continuous progress. Finally, Mr. Tan said that his common ideal with his father, Mr. Tan Yunshan, is to promote friendship between China and India. He called on both peoples to send out a peaceful voice and promote mutual understanding. Professor Huang Qishu later added that to improve China-India relations, we must contact with the local people, experience the local culture, and promote the exchange of young scholars between the two countries. For example, she said she was wearing a sari every day while living in India because she really loves Indian culture.

 

The honored guests spoke highly of Mr. Tan's speech. Mr. Liu Youfa highly agreed with Mr. Tan's point of view that China and India should work hand in hand with each other and we should be partners so that both parties can benefit each other. Mr. Pi Jun pointed out: The concept of the road of civilization countries proposed by Mr. Tan is very important. The enlightenment is that if China pursues cultural self-confidence, it should not follow the path of the West but proceed with its own civilization. As a result, the international exchange needs to be stratified and the economic exchange should be directed against the western countries such as the United States. However, the ancient civilizations such as India should attach importance to cultural exchanges. Professor Pang Zhongying said that China is a civilized country and does not pursue hegemony. It is not the same as Western understanding of power. Therefore, he agrees with Mr. Tan's point of view. Wei Liming, director of the Asian-African Department of Peking University's Foreign Languages Institute, expressed her strong agreement with the lectures and expressed her high appreciation of Pangoal' emphasis on Indian cultural studies. She emphasized the importance of mutual respect and exchanges between ancient civilizations of China and India and pointed out the necessity of in-depth case studies. Qi Zhanneng, dean of the Jiguang Academy, said he advocated "cultivating a Chinese person with a global perspective." Because as a Chinese, we must first have Chinese cultural beliefs, at the same time we must understand that Indian cultural talent is a world-viewer. In the future, China’s indian studies need such a talent. Mr. Lan Jianxue said that Mr. Tan explained the crux of the development of China-India relations. He emphasized that perhaps there were some irrational voices on the Internet, However, China's leadership and diplomatic circles have always maintained strong confidence in the friendship between China and India. Professor Chen Zonghai strongly agreed with Tan's view that young Chinese people want to convey the peace and friendship to promote relations and exchange. Wei Li Ping believes that Pangoal’s development should combine with cultural and hard power research and experience like famous scholars such as Mr. Tan in order to have a forward-looking and international perspective. Therefore, Pangoal’s Indian Studies Center can produce more sophisticated products. Du Wenrui said to know the culture better by familiarizing with the local language can study India better, as Mr. Tan and his wife had practiced.

 

Finally, President Yi Peng said he was very friendly with Mr. Tan as they are both from Hunan Province. China and India, the two most important developing countries in the world, have had a long history of interaction with each other. In the contemporary era, the relations between the two countries have "sweet" moments and frictions. In 2017, China-India relations have undergone tests. Experts and scholars from both countries have also come to realize the necessity and urgency of strengthening social and humanistic exchanges at all levels. President Yi Peng emphasized that Indian studies is very important to the Pangoal Institution. Combining the study of culture and hard power is also a more effective and true way to study India. In addition, China and India can become friends rather than adversaries. In order to avoid becoming rivals, all-round work needs to be done. First, scholars from both countries who study in China and India must dare to speak their voices; secondly, think tanks should do some rational and  communicative work. In the future, Pangoal will also support the development of Indian Studies Center.

Mr. Tan presented books to the Pangoal Institution

the books that Mr. Tan gavet to Pangoal




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