New Fu­dan cen­ter to help re­de­fine Sino-US ties

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By WANG HONGYI in Shang­hai

wanghongyi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

A col­lab­o­ra­tive in­no­va­tion cen­ter aimed at strength­en­ing Sino-US ties in a chang­ing world was re­cently es­tab­lished at Shang­hai’s Fu­dan Uni­ver­sity.

Po­si­tion­ing it­self as a world­class re­search in­sti­tute, the cen­ter will work to es­tab­lish a the­o­ret­i­cal frame­work for a new model of bi­lat­eral ties.

It will also look into ways of im­ple­ment­ing this while pro­mot­ing the estab­lish­ment of re­lated in­ter­est groups to fur­ther its cause.

As the bal­ance of power be­tween China and United States is in a state of flux, their re­la­tion­ship is said to be en­ter­ing a new his­tor­i­cal pe­riod.

Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping has stressed the im­por­tance of re­assess­ing their ties and find­ing a more com­pat­i­ble work­ing re­la­tion­ship to en­sure peace, sta­bil­ity and pros­per­ity in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion and fur­ther afield.

Wu Xinbo, ex­ec­u­tive dean of the In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies at Fu­dan, de­scribed the “new nor­mal” in bi­lat­eral ties as hav­ing three main char­ac­ter­is­tics: Ris­ing dif­fer­ences and fric­tion, larger-scale co­op­er­a­tion, and China tak­ing more of a lead­ing role.

Wu will serve as the ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the new cen­ter.

The fa­cil­ity has also been tasked with ac­cel­er­at­ing re­search into the two sides’ strate­gic se­cu­rity re­la­tion­ship, trade ties and other press­ing con­cerns.

It will carry out co­op­er­a­tive re­search with Har­vard Uni­ver­sity, the Brook­ings In­sti­tu­tion, the US Cen­ter for Strate­gic and In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies (CSIS) , Carter Cen­ter and other in­ter­na­tional re­search fa­cil­i­ties.

More­over, a group of data­bases will be built in­clud­ing one on Sino-US re­gional trade and an­other on fi­nan­cial com­par­a­tive re­search. Other data­bases will touch on sub­jects like Si­noUS global co­op­er­a­tion and US Con­gres­sional re­search.

The cen­ter is be­ing set up with the sup­port of some of China’s most pres­ti­gious in­sti­tutes of higher learn­ing in­clud­ing Pek­ing Uni­ver­sity, Ren­min Uni­ver­sity of China and the Academy of Mil­i­tary Sciences PLA China. The acro­nym PLA stands for the Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army.

China In­sti­tutes of Con­tem­po­rary In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions (CICIR) and the In­sti­tute of Amer­i­can Stud­ies at the Chi­nese Academy of So­cial Sciences also par­tic­i­pated in the estab­lish­ment of the col­lab­o­ra­tive cen­ter.

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