Scholar ex­change pro­gram help­ing Sino-Canada ties

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By WANG RU in Beijing

Thir­teen Chi­nese schol­ars will start their re­search at var­i­ous univer­si­ties in Canada this year, as part of the 20142015 China- Canada Schol­ars Ex­change Pro­gram (CCSEP).

As vis­it­ing schol­ars, the re­cip­i­ents will spend four to 12 months at pres­ti­gious Cana­dian univer­si­ties to con­duct their re­spec­tive re­search pro­grams.

Ac­cord­ing to the Cana­dian Em­bassy in China, the Chi­nese schol­ars, from univer­si­ties and re­search in­sti­tu­tions such as the Chi­nese Academy of So­cial Sciences, will carry out field re­search rang­ing from cul­tural com­par­i­son to food risk man­age­ment.

25 schol­ars from Canada un­der the pro­gram will come to China and start their re­search in Chi­nese univer­si­ties this year.

In an event on De­cem­ber 9, Guy Saint-Jac­ques, the Cana­dian am­bas­sador to China, met the Chi­nese re­cip­i­ents and en­cour­aged them to en­joy the crit­i­cal think­ing, in­no­va­tion and spirit of en­trepreneur­ship that dis­tin­guishes Canada’s ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem.

The Pub­lic Diplo­macy Sec­tion of the Em­bassy of Canada and the China Schol­ar­ship Coun­cil (CSC) jointly or­ga­nized the event last month to in­tro­duce the new re­cip­i­ents to the CCSEP alumni.

Fifty-five par­tic­i­pants from the post-sec­ondary in­sti­tu­tions and gov­ern­ment agen­cies were present at the event, in­clud­ing 11 re­cip­i­ents un­der the 2014-2015 CCSEP (two had al­ready ar­rived in Canada).

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Em­bassy, Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, CSC and other CCSEP alumni joined the event and ex­changed in­for­ma­tion and share ideas on common is­sues.

Fan Di’an, for­mer cu­ra­tor of the Na­tional Gallery of China, and the newly ap­pointed pres­i­dent of the Cen­tral Academy of Fine Arts, shared his re­search ex­pe­ri­ence at Vic­to­ria Univer­sity as a CCSEP scholar and how this award ben­e­fited him greatly in his ca­reer de­vel­op­ment.

It was through the CCSEP, Fan said, that he ob­tained the first­hand in­for­ma­tion on Western art his­tory and vis­ited as many Cana­dian mu­se­ums as pos­si­ble while he stud­ied in Canada in 1992-1993.

As the cu­ra­tor, Fan ini­ti­ated and took the lead on or­ga­niz­ing quite a few art exhibitions be­tween China and for­eign coun­tries in the past years.

Fan ex­pressed that he would be happy to con­trib­ute his ex­per­tise and ex­pe­ri­ence in the Year of Peo­ple-to-Peo­ple and Cul­tural Ex­changes be­tween Canada and China in 2015-2016. He wished to pro­mote the art ex­change and co­op­er­a­tion be­tween CAFA and Cana­dian in­sti­tu­tions in the ar­eas of de­sign, an­i­ma­tion and art ed­u­ca­tion ar­eas.

Es­tab­lished in 1973, the Canada-China Schol­ars’ Ex­change Pro­gram was the re­sult of an un­der­tak­ing by then Chi­nese Premier Zhou En­lai and Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Pierre El­liott Trudeau.

Since its in­cep­tion, some 1,200 CCSEP re­cip­i­ents from both coun­tries have trav­eled to each other’s coun­tries, to bring new per­spec­tives and to ac­quire en­hanced mu­tual knowl­edge and ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

“After the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is com­plete, and if we dis­cover some crim­i­nal clues such as abuse of power or ac­cept­ing bribes, sus­pects will be trans­ferred to the ju­di­cial bod­ies to face trial,” he said.

The 29 other al­leged cor­rupt of­fi­cials trans­ferred to pros­e­cu­tors in­clude Jiang Jiemin, for­mer min­is­ter of the State-owned As­sets Su­per­vi­sion and Ad­min­is­tra­tion Com­mis­sion; Li Dong­sheng, for­mer deputy min­is­ter at the Min­istry of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity; Li Chongxi, for­mer chair­man of the Sichuan Provin­cial Com­mit­tee of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Po­lit­i­cal Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence; and Shen We­ichen, for­mer Party chief and ex­ec­u­tive vice-pres­i­dent of the China As­so­ci­a­tion for Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy.

Since Novem­ber 2012, when the new lead­er­ship was elected, the anti-graft cam­paign has be­come a top pri­or­ity for the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee.

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping has vowed to take a se­ries of strong and ef­fec­tive mea­sures to com­bat cor­rupt of­fi­cials, both the “tigers” (se­nior of­fi­cials) and “flies” (low-level of­fi­cials).

The cen­tral gov­ern­ment has tight­ened su­per­vi­sion of “naked of­fi­cials” — those who have sent their spouses and chil­dren abroad to invest in busi­nesses.

Huang said that since Novem­ber 2012, five rounds of in­spec­tions have been con­ducted in the coun­try’s 31 prov­inces and re­gions, 39 cen­tral gov­ern­ment min­istries and au­thor­i­ties, large State-owned com­pa­nies and lead­ing univer­si­ties to col­lect tipoffs about al­leged cor­rup­tion.

A num­ber of sus­pected graft cases in­volv­ing se­nior of­fi­cials and direc­tors of State- owned en­ter­prises have been un­cov­ered based on tipoffs.

The cases in­clude those of Bai En­pei, for­mer Party chief of Yun­nan prov­ince; Wan Qingliang, for­mer Party chief of Guangzhou, Guang­dong prov­ince; and Xue Wan­dong, for­mer man­ager of a pe­tro­leum en­gi­neer­ing tech­nol­ogy sub­sidiary of Sinopec, ac­cord­ing to the Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion.

Huang said su­per­vi­sory of­fices will cover all 140 cen­tral Party and State bod­ies, in­clud­ing the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee’s Gen­eral Of­fice, the Gen­eral Of­fice of the State Coun­cil and the Or­ga­ni­za­tion Depart­ment, to pre­vent cor­rup­tion.

Cheng Gang, a law pro­fes­sor at Ren­min Univer­sity of China said: “The anti-graft fight will be more stan­dard­ized. After com­plet­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion within the Party, dis­ci­plinary of­fi­cers will trans­fer sus­pected cor­rupt of­fi­cials to prose­cut­ing au­thor­i­ties to stand trial.”

Ac­cord­ing to the com­mis­sion, more than 70,000 gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials were pun­ished by dis­ci­plinary au­thor­i­ties last year for violating Party rules to build a clean gov­ern­ment.

The num­ber of cases in­volved was more than 50,000.


Cana­dian Am­bas­sador to China Guy Saint-Jac­ques with schol­ars Fang Jun (sec­ond from left) and Fan Di’an at CCSEP event.

Li Chongxi

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