On the morning of June 22nd, Andrew Hurst, project supervisor of Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), visited Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at Renmin University of China (RDCY) with his party. Both sides conducted in-depth exchanges on topics such as cooperation between Chinese and foreign think tanks, think tank operations and construction, “Belt and Road (B&R)” and financial innovation, and the global impact of China`s development model.
Dr. Hurst introduced IDRC’s background and explained his main purposes of visiting RDCY. On the one hand, in view of the recommendation of the Canadian peers, they visit RDCY and hope to learn about China’s emerging “new-type think tanks” with the most international influence and development potential. On the other hand, due to the rapid rise of China, IDRC, as a long-term Canadian think tank that supports and helps developing countries` think tanks, faces a business transformation in China, which is from “work in China” to "work with China", in the hope to jointly promote the development of other "developing countries" think tanks. In this transformation process, IDRC believes that the experiences and achievements of RDCY have great reference value for them.
During the talks, Wang Wen expressed warm welcome to Dr. Hurst and his party. He mentioned that the achievements of RDCY are certainly due to their own efforts, but more importantly, they have caught up with the perfect timing of China`s rise, an era that the country and society are in desperate need of think tanks. In response to "What is a new type of think tank with Chinese characteristics," Wang Wen said, first, the so-called "new" think tank is mainly distinguished from the traditional official think tank. Second, "Chinese characteristics" mainly means that although China has exerted greater and greater influence in the world, it still faces the predicament of "aphasia" in the shadow of Western "discourse hegemony."
Finally, Wang Wen presented the books and reports published by RDCY to Dr. Hurst and his party. The meeting ended in a friendly and harmonious atmosphere. Avi Caplan, senior policy strategist at IDRC, Anindya Chatterjee, regional director of Asia, Yang Qingqing, committee member of RDCY and director of research cooperation department, and Wang Peng, associate researcher participated in the meeting.