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The High-level Symposium of Think Tanks of China and Central and Eastern European Countries Held in Beijing

 (IESCO reported by Duan Ying) National leaders from China and Central and Eastern European countries conducted met amicably in Bucharest, Romania on Nov. 26, 2013, who made and released    the Bucharest Guidelines for Cooperation between China and Central and Eastern European Countries centered on the theme of “win-win cooperation and common development”. Half a month later, as a measure to accelerate the implementation of the Bucharest Guidelines, the first High-Level Symposium of China and Central and Eastern European Countries was held in Beijing on the morning of Dec. 19. Experts and scholars from China and 16 Central and Eastern European countries had in-depth discussions on new opportunities in boosting relationship between China and CEE countries.

This symposium was co-hosted by Secretariat of the China-Central and Eastern Countries Cooperation and the China Foundation for International Studies. Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Former Croatian President Stjepan Mesic attended the symposium and delivered speeches.

In his speech, Yang Jiechi noted that China and CEE countries are highly complementary and boast broad prospects in cooperation. It’s imperative to implement the outlines gained at Bucharest’ meeting, and make cooperation between China and CEE countries a growth point in Sino-European cooperation. Yang also hoped that the think tanks in China and CEE countries can actively offer valuable ideas and suggestions.      

Former Croatian President Stjepan Mesic also highlighted the importance of the symposium, thinking that cooperation between China and CEE countries are in line with the interests of related parties and hoping that different countries will enhance academic communication to provide more intellectual support for cooperation. 

Director-General of IESCO Jiang Mingjun was invited to the symposium and conducted warm discussions with political leaders and scholars at the symposium on topics including “new opportunities in national relationship between China and CEE countries”, “re-understanding of China and CEE countries”, “future-oriented Sino-CEE countries’ cooperation”, “the role of cultural exchange in Sino-CEE countries’ cooperation” and “how can think tanks to participate”.

High-Level Symposium of China and Central and Eastern European Countries in Beijing

Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi and former Croatian President Stjepan Mesic in conversation

Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi delivered a speech

Former Croatian President Stjepan Mesic delivered a speech

Liu Guchang, President of the China Foundation for International Studies, hosted the symposium

High-Level Symposium of China and Central and Eastern European Countries

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