Wang Dong, Secretary-General of the Academic Committee of the Pangoal Institution, Was Invited to Germany to Participate in the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum and Hold a dialogue with the Sino-German think tank
Wang Dong, Secretary-General of the Academic Committee of the Pangoal Institution, Was Invited to Germany to Participate in the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum and Hold a dialogue with the Sino-German think tank

From November 27 to 29, Wang Dong, Secretary-General of the Pangoal Institution Academic Committee and executive deputy director of the Institute for China-US People-to-People Exchange of Peking University, was invited to Germany to participate in the Berlin Foreign Policy Forum, co-sponsored by Körber Foundation and the Federal Foreign Office.  And Wang also attended the Sino-German Think Tank Dialogue 2018, sponsored by the Chinese Embassy in Germany.  Subsequently, at the invitation of the Chinese Embassy in Germany, a special report on "Re-globalization and Sino-US relations" was also conducted.


From November 26 to 27, the "Berlin Foreign Policy Forum" with the theme "Unity or Decline: Europe's Future in a Disordered World" went smoothly.  German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas was present at this forum and delivered a welcoming speech.  The International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and the German Defense Minister Ursulavon der Leyen, the NATO Deputy Secretary-General Rose Gottemoeller and theCommittee of Information and Media of Federation Council of Russia Chairman Aleksey Pushkov and other political leaders attended the forum. During the meeting, German Defense Minister Ursula von Delaine held a dialogue with other guests on the role of the European Union Army, the latest conflict in Russia and the role of women leaders.  Besides, Rose Gottmoreller and Alekey Pushkov discussed Russia's role and prospects on the international arena.  In the latter luncheon on the theme of “The Future of Sino-European Relations,” Secretary-General Wang Dong participated in the discussion and talked in-depth over the Sino-German relationship and China’s foreign policy with Klaus Wehmeier, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Körber Foundation.


The Körber Foundation was founded in 1959 by the German entrepreneur Kurt A. Körber to promote dialogues and understanding between nations and thus to promote changes in the international community.  In 2014, President Xi Jinping made an important speech at the invitation of the Colbert Foundation during his visit to Germany on China's peaceful development policy.


Then, on November 28th, Wang Dong was invited to participate in the second Sino-German Think Tank Dialogue organized by the Chinese Embassy in Germany. The meeting discussed four issues–global development trends, trade wars, Asia-Pacific security challenges, and Eurasian interconnection.  Several distinguished scholars attended this meeting: Hanns-Gunther Hilpert, director of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Rolf Langhammer, former vice president of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Eberhard Sandschneider, director of the China and East Asia Research Center at the Otto-Suhr-Institute for Political Science (Freie Universität Berlin), Shi Zhiqin, dean of the School of Social Sciences of Tsinghua University, Su Xiaohui, deputy director of the Department for International and Strategic Studies of China Institute of International Studies, and Zhang Weiwei, dean of the China Institute of Fudan University.  During the seminar, Wang Dong delivered a keynote speech concerning the challenges and relevant countermeasures faced by the Sino-US relationship nowadays.  He dissected the changes in American policies toward China in terms of structure, history and cognition, and proposed possible solutions to improve the current Sino-US relationship, which emphasized that China and the United States should ease the security predicament to avoid the Thucydides trap.


After being invited to attend the Sino-German Think Tank Dialogue 2018, on November 29th, Wang Dong was once again invited by the Chinese Embassy in Germany to present a report on “Re-globalization and Sino-US Relations” in the embassy.  Wang’s report condensed the essence of his new book, Re-globalization: A New Perspective for Understanding China's Interaction with the World. And Wang said that notwithstanding the rising Western isolationism and the globalization process handicapped by the decreasing willingness to participate in globalization since the 21stcentury, globalization will not halt or reverse and the future world will enter a process of re-globalization led by emerging countries.  At the same time, the Secretary-General Wang Dong also spoke on the challenges faced by Sino-US relations and solutions for how to deal with the challenges.  The report lasted for 2 hours and 40 minutes, and the atmosphere of the exchange was warm.

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