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Secretary General Zhou Wenzhong Attends Inaugural Ceremony of Institute of International and Regional Studies of UIBE

Time:2017-06-19 16:00:52    Views:97293    Origin:Boao Forum for Asia




On June 13, 2017, Secretary General Zhou Wenzhong was invited to attend and address the inaugural ceremony of the Institute of International and Regional Studies of the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing.

Zhou congratulated on the establishment of the Institute and expressed his gratitude to the UIBE for its intellectual support to the BFA over the years.

Zhou pointed out that one mega trend of today's world is the growing importance of Asia in the global economic landscape and that emerging economies and developing countries like China have become important participants in the reform of global governance. In this context, international and regional studies will help us understand global and regional situations from an academic perspective.

He added that his career experience at the BFA tells him that diversity and difference is the unique characteristic and strength of Asia, which is also the reason behind the divergent concerns and aspirations of Asian countries. To translate such diversity and difference across the continent into a sustainable source of growth for Asia in order to accomplish their common development goal, it is therefore of vital importance to develop a solid understanding of particular countries and conduct a comprehensive, in-depth and scientific assessment of regional cooperation before we can pool collective wisdom and build consensus across Asia.

Zhou also emphasized that the 65 en-route countries of the Belt and Road initiative in Asia, Africa and Europe are different from each other in terms of natural resource endowment, culture and public opinions. However, it is the shared aspiration and mission of all participating countries to transform the Belt and Road into a path towards peace, prosperity, openness, innovation and civilization—a consensus that was widely reached at the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation held this past May in Beijing. He also expressed the hope that the Institute will conduct in-depth research of the en-route countries, deepen country-specific studies and international academic exchanges to provide forward-looking and practical policy advice for governments, companies and other organizations on policy, infrastructure, trade, finance and people-to-people connectivity.

The ceremony was also attended by Jiang Qingzhe, Party Chief of the UIBE; Wang Jiaqiong, President of the UIBE; Wang Hui, Deputy Director General of the Department of International Cooperation and Exchange of the Ministry of Education; Lin Yi, Vice President of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries; David Aptsiauri, Georgian Ambassador to China; Dhia Khaled, Tunisian Ambassador to China; and Yahya Qaralleh, Jordanian Ambassador to China.

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