Reconstructing a Bridge of Communication for Sino-US Relations – the Pangoal Institution Hosted a Seminar on "Sino-US Relations and Asia-Pacific Future"
Reconstructing a Bridge of Communication for Sino-US Relations – the Pangoal Institution Hosted a Seminar on "Sino-US Relations and Asia-Pacific Future"

2019 is the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relationship between China and the United States. In the past 40 years, the economies of the two countries have been highly integrated and interdependent. Sino-US relations have gradually become one of the biggest engines for the development of international relations.  The trend of the diplomatic relationship between the two countries is critical to the world pattern and its future development.  However, as to the Sino-US relations in 2018, especially the Sino-US economic and trade ties, there are lots of obstacles.  In this context, it is necessary for China and the United States to increase communication and push the two countries to return to the track of cooperation and mutual benefit.


On December 4th, the delegation of American scholars led by Ambassador Susan M. ELLIOTT, Chairman and CEO of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy(NCAFP), visited the Pangoal Institution and participated in the seminar on “Sino-US relationship and Asia-Pacific Future.”  Yi Peng, President of the Pangoal Institution, and other think tank scholars discussed issues relating to Sino-US relations, the Asia-Pacific future and the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue with members of the delegation.


Before the meeting began, Yi Peng exchanged views with the US delegation.  He first extended a warm welcome to President Susan Elliott and several well-known American scholars, and said that the head of state in both countries have just revived Sino-US relations, calling for more power to push forward, i.e., “warm current instead of cold current.”

 

In the opening speech of the subsequent meeting, as the representative of the organizer, 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, introduced the history and significant research fields of the Pangoal Institution to the American guests.  He emphasized the concept of “Harmony, Knowledge, and Solutions” and clarified the promotion of Sino-foreign exchanges through high-frequency, high-specification and wide-area international exchange activities.  Secretary Wang Dong said that after five years of rapid development, the Pangoal Institution has become one of the most influential social think tanks in China, and has received full attention and praise from the international community. For two consecutive years, the University of Pennsylvania has listed the Pangoal Institution as one of the best Asian think tanks in its global think tank rankings.


Ambassador Susan Elliott expressed gratitude to Chairman Yi Peng and Secretary-General Wang Dong for their warm welcome and she, delighted by the rapid development of the Pangoal Institution, introduced the research fields and future research focus of NCAFP.  Ambassador Susan also said that China and the United States have cooperated for nearly 40 years while this year is also the 40th anniversary of China's Reform and Opening and affirmed that we must not only advance our policy objectives but also strengthen academic and cultural exchanges to promote mutual understanding in the next 40 years of Sino-US relations.

 

In the following discussion sessions, scholars from both sides continued to discuss and exchange ideas on the theme of "Sino-US relations and Asia-Pacific Future." Both scholars believed that Sino-US relations are essential to each other and the world and thus it is necessary for both countries to facilitate communication and enhance understanding for the future Sino-US ties. Regarding the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula, scholars from both sides also stated that it is necessary for the DPRK, US and other parties involved in the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula to conduct more communication and exchanges to promote the denuclearization of the peninsula further.


Tips:

   The National Committee on American Foreign Policy (NCAFP) is one of the most influential think tanks in the United States, emphasizing the framework of political realism and non-partisan perspective to determine, clarify, and help advance US foreign policy interests.

   NCAFP, founded in 1974 by Professor Hans Morgenthau, a well-known scholar of international issues and founder of classical realism, is a non-profit-seeking organization dedicated to resolving conflicts that pose a threat to US interests.

   The US National Committee on Foreign Policy emphasizes the fulfillment of its mission through 1.5-track diplomacy and 2-track diplomacy.  By providing a platform for participation and discussion, in the form of closed meetings and informal meetings, among senior US officials and experts, it aims to resolve conflicts, build trust and solve problems.


Chinese guests attending the "Sino-US Relations and Asia-Pacific Future" Seminar included Yi Peng, Chairman of the Pangoal Institution, 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, An Gang, Senior Researcher and Vice Chairman of the Pangoal Institution Academic Committee, Zhao Minghao, Member of the Pangoal Institution Academic Committee and Researcher of the Center for Contemporary World Studies of International Liaison Department of the Communist Party of China, Yue Li, Senior Researcher of the Pangoal Institution and Executive Director of Northeast Asia Research Center of the Pangoal Institution, and Li Nan, Member of the Pangoal Institution Academic Committee and Associate Researcher of Institute of American Studies of Chinese Academy of Social Science. 

 

Members of the American delegation included Susan M. ELLIOTT, Chairman and CEO of the US National Committee for Foreign Policy and former US Ambassador to Tajikistan, Daniel R. RUSSEL, Deputy Director of Asia Society Policy Institute and former US Assistant Secretary, Raymond F. BURGHARDT, Director of American Pacific Century Institute and former President of the American Institute in Taiwan, Susan A. THORNTON, former US Assistant Secretary for Asia Pacific, Evans JR REVERE, Senior Research Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Senior Advisor to Albright Stonebridge Group and former US Assistant Secretary, David Rubinstein, Diplomacy Researcher of Brookings Institution JOHN L. THORNTON CHINA CENTER and Northeast-Asia Diplomacy Research Center, Ryan L. HASS, former Director of China Department US National Security Council, Stephen J. DEL ROSSO, Director of the International Peace and Security Program at Carnegie Group(New York), Rorry DANIELS, Deputy Director of Asia-Pacific Forum of US National Committee on Foreign Policy.

 

 

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