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Second Forum of Interchange between China-Latin America
& Caribbean Think Tanks held in Beijing

Second Forum of Interchange between China-Latin America & Caribbean Think Tanks co-hosted by the China Foundation for International Studies and the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs was held on July 22-23, 2013. Around 110 academics, former ministers and former ambassadors from China and 17 Latin American and Caribbean countries attended the forum.

State Councilor Yang Jiechi attended the opening ceremony on 22nd and delivered a speech. He extended congratulations on the Forum on behalf of the Chinese government. He recognized  and praised the special contribution made by the think tanks and experts from China and Latin-America in enhancing mutual understanding and friendship and pushing forward the development of China-Latin America & Caribbean comprehensive partnership.

Zhang Deguang, President of China Foundation of International Studies, expressed gratitude to Yang Jiechi and other leaders for their attendance and he hoped that participating experts and academicians could conduct fruitful discussions under this Forum’s  theme of  New Opportunities, New Challenges and New Thinking - Relations between China and Latin American and Caribbean Countries in the New Situation.

Among the speakers at the opening ceremony were also Yang Wenchang, President of the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs; Cai Wu, Minister of Culture of the PRC; Chen Fengxiang, Vice Minister of International Department of the CPCCC; Wang Chao, Vice Minister of Commerce of PRC; Dr. Christopher Tufton, the representative of participating experts and academicians from Latin American and Caribbean Countries, Jamaican Senator and Co-Executive Director of Caribbean Research Centers, University of the West Indies  and chief of Latin American diplomatic missions in China.

During the two-day meeting, 40 experts and academicians from China and Latin America released their academic reports illustrating new opinions, thoughts, and suggestions on economy and trade, cultural and educational exchange and overall cooperation  between China and Latin America.

After in-depth discussion, the forum reached and released the important document titled “Beijing Understanding between China-Latin America & Caribbean Think Tanks” and called upon the early establishment of China-Latin America Cooperation Forum. 

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