Chi­nese, Chilean schol­ars brain­storm

China Daily (USA) - - ACROSS AMERICAS - By CHANG JUN in Santiago, Chile junechang@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

Chi­nese schol­ars and re­searchers on Wed­nes­day held a sem­i­nar with their Chilean coun­ter­parts at the In­sti­tute of Chile in Santiago to dis­cuss how they can work more closely and play a more im­por­tant role in pro­vid­ing pol­icy-mak­ers in both coun­tries with in­sight­ful and visionary ad­vice.

Key sub­ject mat­ters in­cluded seiz­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to help de­velop the econ­omy, cop­ing with the chal­lenges that come along with growth and push­ing bi­lat­eral friendly re­la­tion­ships to new heights.

Lead­ing a group of schol­ars from the Chi­nese Academy of So­cial Sci­ences (CASS), CASS Pres­i­dent Wang Weiguang, called for more cross-dis­ci­plinary com­mu­ni­ca­tion and ex­changes with his Chilean col­leagues.

It has been 46 years since China and Chile es­tab­lished for­mal diplo­matic re­la­tions, he said, calling the sem­i­nar an im­por­tant side­bar to Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s state visit to Chile, which started on Nov 22.

The two na­tions signed 12 agree­ments on Tues­day to en­hance co­op­er­a­tion across a wide spec­trum of ar­eas, from busi­ness, trade and agri­cul­ture to cul­ture and ed­u­ca­tion, said Wang, adding that bi­lat­eral eco­nomic and trade ties have grown ex­ten­sively.

“We in aca­demic cir­cles should carry out more com­pre­hen­sive and well-rounded re­search projects to­gether,” Wang said. “As schol­ars and ob­servers, we will work harder to im­prove for­eign­ers’ un­der­stand­ing of China, to let more peo­ple in other cul­tures know about China, un­der­stand China and ul­ti­mately like China.”

Luis Merino Mon­tero, pres­i­dent of the In­sti­tute of Chile and chair­man of the sem­i­nar, ex­tended a wel­come to the Chi­nese del­e­ga­tion and en­cour­aged more com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween Chi­nese and Chilean re­search in­sti­tu­tions.

“As the first coun­try in Latin Amer­ica to es­tab­lish diplo­matic re­la­tions with the new China, Chile has never ceased its com­mu­ni­ca­tion and conversation with China,” said Mon­tero.

“The ex­changes will only be­come more vig­or­ous and ro­bust fol­low­ing Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s state visit to Chile this week,” he added.

CASS also an­nounced the found­ing of its first Latin Amer­i­can branch and un­veiled the name­plate of CSSP-Chile, which will be in­stalled on the cam­pus of the In­sti­tute of Chile.

With his team, Wang also brought rep­re­sen­ta­tives of China So­cial Sci­ences Press, a CASS’s af­fil­i­ate, and sam­ples of their book se­ries Un­der­stand­ing China.

Au­thored by lead­ing ex­perts and schol­ars from CASS and other in­sti­tu­tions, the “books in­tro­duce and sum­ma­rize China’s path, China’s the­o­ries and China’s in­sti­tu­tions,” said Zhao Jiany­ing, pres­i­dent and edi­tor-in-chief of China So­cial Sci­ences Press.

CHANG JUN / CHINA DAILY

Chi­nese and Chilean schol­ars hold a con­fer­ence on how schol­ars can pro­vide lead­ers with bet­ter ad­vice on Wed­nes­day in Santiago.

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