The 6th Global China Dialogue (GCD VI), with the theme “Governance for World Peace", was held successfully at the British Academy on the 6th December 2019, at the British Academy, London, UK. It was co-sponsored by the Global China Institute, the University of London College's Applied Linguistics Centre and the University of Westminster's China Media Centre. Nearly 30 scholars, experts, professionals and practitioners, as well as officials and government representatives, from China, Jordan, Nigeria, France, Germany, Denmark and the United Kingdom, spoke at the forum, the overarching theme of which was "Governance for World Peace". In addition to the keynote speeches and closing remarks, the forum featured four Panels: Mediation and peace-making in civil conflicts, Belt and Road and tension reduction between countries and cultures, China's role in multilateral peacekeeping, Civilizational values and the promotion of peace. The forum attracted nearly a hundred participants overall. This event was supported by many academic institutions as well as China related organizations and the Chinese Embassy in the UK.
The opening session was chaired by Professor Martin Albrow FAcSS, Honorary Vice-President of the British Sociological Association, UK and Honorary President of the Global China Institute.
Minister Ma Hui, Chinese Embassy to the United Kingdom, addressed the forum first. He said that the socialist system with Chinese characteristics is not only a fundamental guarantee for the development and progress of contemporary China, but also a treasure trove of governance ideas for mankind. China will actively participate in global governance and strive continuously to build a community of human destiny. Today, instability and uncertainty are increasing, regional conflicts and local wars afflict millions, terrorism is still rampant and security threats such as climate change, cyber attacks and the refugee crisis have worldwide repercussions. Facing the question where the world is heading and the many challenges we all face, China proposes to work towards a shared future for mankind and build a world of lasting peace, universal security, common prosperity, openness, tolerance, cleanliness and beauty. This is China's wisdom and plan for global governance. China is also willing to strengthen dialogue and cooperation with the international community, including the United Kingdom, and contribute wisdom and strength to building a community with a better future for all.
Professor Lord Anthony Giddens, a well-known British thinker and former Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), observed in his speech that the digital revolution, geopolitics and populism are changing our lives totally. He also pointed out China's foremost political position in the “Asian century”. This forum emphasized the international environment of cooperation that was required for reform based on resolving long-term conflicts, and invited Chinese as well as Western scholars to have a meaningful discussion on this.
"We are in the midst of a major historical transition," said Professor Mary Kaldor CBE, Director of the Conflict and Civil Society Research Unit, Department of International Development, LSE, in her keynote speech entitled “The case for human security”. "Not only from industry to information, from fossil fuels to the green economy, but also from the State and Empire system to a layered system of global governance. In order to establish a new global governance system, we need to transition to another type of security: human security."
Professor Xie Lizhong, Director of the Centre for Social Theory Studies, Peking University; former Vice-President of the Chinese Sociological Association; Chinese President of the Global China Institute, gave a keynote speech entitled "Community of shared future for mankind: the road towards world peace". He pointed out that, since the birth of humankind, people have been faced with various contradictions and conflicts caused by ideas or interests; war has always been one of the important means by which people seek to resolve these contradictions and conflicts. In today's era of global economic integration, many local wars in certain regions have global consequences. "The establishment of world peace should be the goal of action that peoples of all countries must pursue in our time, and the best way is to build a shared community of human destiny."
Certificate of appointment
Afterwards, Professor Giddens presented the letter of appointment as Chinese President of the Global China Institute to Professor Xie Lizhong, from Peking University.
Part of the speakers and participants at the GCD VI Dialgure
Panel I Mediation and peace-making in civil conflicts was chaired and moderated by Dr Hakan Seckinelgin, Associate Professor in the Department of Social Policy, LSE (pictured right). The speakers were (from right to left) Dr Iavor Rangelov, Assistant Professorial Research Fellow at the Conflict and Civil Society Research Unit in the Department of International Development, LSE (“Peace making and justice-seeking: competing or complementary goals?”); Professor LI Junfu, Deputy Head of the Department of Sociology, School of Social Sciences, Beijing University of Technology, China; Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford (“Society building: peace making with Chinese characteristics”); Dr Yan Wu, Associate Professor in Political Science in the Department of Political and Cultural Studies, Swansea University (“How the dominance of guanxi on WeChat inhibits and constrains China’s contentious politics”); Dr Olaf Corry, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark (“Civic protests and the risks of declaring something a ‘security’ issue”).
Panel II Belt and Road and tension reduction between countries and cultures was chaired by Mrs Patricia Walker Allmond, a UK-based Non-Executive President of the International Association of Cultural and Creative Industries (IACCI). A number of scheduled speakers could not be present, and their place was taken in some cases by others. Dr Nathan W. Hill, Senior Lecturer, former Head of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, SOAS, University of London, was unavoidably absent. Professor Guo Dan, former Director of Institute of Political Science, Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences; Deputy General Secretary, Chinese Association of Political Science, China, was granted a visa too late to be present, and his former graduate student and now a doctoral student of the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, Ms Chen Lanxin (second from right), delivered the presentation on his behalf (“Visions and challenges: the Belt and Road Initiative’s influence on countries along the southwestern boundaries and Taiwan”). Mr Harish Kohli, Founder of the Asian Geographic Trust and Founder and CEO of Awimaway.com; author of Across the Frozen Himalaya, had been called away to India at short notice and was replaced by Mrs Ingrid Cranfield (third from right), Deputy Director of the Global China Institute (“Saving the Hindu Kush-Himalayas”). Professor Xu Baofeng (third from left), School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU), Project Director of “Chinese Culture and Translation Studies Support Network” (CCTSS), BLCU, China, posed the question "Can Confucian ethics help in the elimination of global unilateralism, extremism and terrorism, based on a comparison between countries and regions with and without influence from Confucian ethics?". Dr Martin Mills, Senior Lecturer in Anthropology, University of Aberdeen; Chairman of Aberdeen Chinese Studies Group; Director of the Scottish Centre for Himalayan Research spoke on “One Belt, One Road, one (warming) world: climate change knowledge and the future of long-distance infrastructure developments”). On the far left of the photo is Dr Li Boyi, a Lecturer in Management at the University of Exeter, UK, who was invited to comment on this panel.
Panel III China's role in multilateral peacekeeping was chaired and moderated by Professor Peter Schröder, Department of History and UCL European & International Social & Political Studies, University College London. The speakers (from right to left) were: Professor Hanns Maull, Senior Distinguished Fellow, German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Germany (“China to the rescue? Its role in international peacekeeping and peace-making”); Dr Hassan Abdullah Al-Dajah, Associate Professor, Department of Media and Strategic Studies, Al-Hussein Bin Talal University, Jordan (“China's role in maintaining world peacekeeping and stability”); Ms Sophie Wushuang Yi, PhD student, The Lau China Institute, King’s College London (“China as a realist pacificist: the strategic role of the People’s Liberation Army in the context of China’s militarization and peaceful rise strategy from 2001 to 2019”); and Yi Wushuang's PhD supervisor, Dr Alessio Patalano, Reader, Director of the Asian Security & Warfare Research Group, Department of War Studies, King’s College London (“Protecting overseas rights and interests: the changing face of Chinese participation in multilateral operations at sea”).
Panel IV Civilizational values and the promotion of peace was chaired and moderated by Professor Hanns Maull, Senior Distinguished Fellow, German Institute for International and Security Affairs. The speakers were Professor Peter Schröder, Department of History and UCL European & International Social & Political Studies, University College London (“The other as hope, fear, challenge or opportunity: images of China in early modern perceptions”); Dr Qing Cao, Associate Professor, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Durham University, UK (“Traditional Chinese culture and its contemporary relevance for the maintenance and achievement of peace”); Dr Huan Pingqing, Associate Professor in Sociology, School of Sociology and Population Studies, Renmin University of China (“Confucius' thought on ethnic relations and its significance to world peace”); Professor Xiangqun Chang, President of Global China Institute; Honorary Professor of University College London (“Fei Xiaotong’s perspectives of civilization and peace: based on corpus of Fei Xiaotong’s complete works”); and Dr Joël Ruet, Chairman, The Bridge Tank, France (“Chinese perspectives on ecological civilization and relevance in sustainability for peace”).
Professor ZHAO Kejin, Deputy Dean of School of Social Sciences; Deputy Dean of the Institute for Global Common Development, Tsinghua University, China, gave a closing speech entitled "China’s approach to global peace: an exploration of the Communist Party of China". Professor Martin Jacques, Senior Fellow at the Department of Politics and International, University of Cambridge, UK; Visiting Professor at Fudan University, China, spoke on "What will China be like as a great power?: causes for optimism”.
Here are some participants and interactions at the questions and answers from GCD participants arising from the speeches:
The evening Reception was held in the Churchill Room at the House of Commons, in the UK Parliament.
Dame Sue Owen DCB, former Deputy Minister for Culture, Media and Sports, gave a welcome speech. She affirmed China's courage in shouldering its responsibility to maintain world peace and stability, and believed that China should seek peaceful and mutually beneficial relations with other countries around the world, so that its progress would march in step with world development. She also emphasized the fight for gender equality to enhance women's role and status in governance.
Yu Hongjun, Vice-Chairman of the Chinese People's Association for Peace and Disarmament (CPAPD); Senior Specialist, Academy of Contemporary World and China Studies; Senior Adviser to the Beijing Belt & Road Cooperative Community (BRCC); former Vice-Minister of the International Liaison Department of the CPC, China, joined the Reception by a recorded video, in which he said that: “This year is the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. The development of New China’s diplomatic affairs has been magnificent in the last 70 years, and China’s relations with the outside world have become increasingly close. China's international power has undergone substantial changes, and China’s roles in international and regional affairs have greatly impressed the world. China will consistently adhere to and implement the independent foreign policies and principles of peace that are New China’s unchanging basic position and appeal in handling international affairs and developing foreign relations.” He also stressed that China, as a huge country, is profoundly aware of its duties and responsibilities.
Professor Hugo de Burgh, Director of China Media Centre, University of Westminster, UK, chaired the Reception. He paid tribute to the tireless and wholehearted work of Professor Xiangqun Chang in organizing the GCD series and to her splendid reputation as a scholar and academic. He also mentioned that the 7th Global China Dialogue, the last in the series, will take place in China in 2020.
Professor LI Wei, FAcSS, FRSA Director of Centre for Applied Linguistics, University College London, pointed out that “one of the claims applied linguists often make is that society is ‘talked into being’. Through dialogue, social relations are established. And it is through dialogue that we can begin to understand potential differences in values, traditions and ideologies. Understanding, rather than agreement, is the goal of dialogues As Confucius said, ‘gentlemen seek understanding; petty men seek agreement’. The Global China Dialogue is a great initiative that has brought together people of different disciplines, professions and cultures. It is a great forum for people to share their views, clearly different, but equally valid and significant. The aim is to achieve better understandings so that we can all work together towards a common human destiny.”
Finally, Professor Xiangqun Chang, President of Global China Institute; Honorary Professor of University College London, pointed out the uniqueness of the Global China Dialogue series. The fact that it was conducted in Chinese and English bilingually helped all to a better understanding of the various issues raised. She also expressed her warmest thanks and deepest gratitude to all the organizers, members of the Organizing Committee, supporters, sponsors, speakers, chairs, discussants, participants and volunteers, without whom the Global China Dialogue series would not even be possible. She hoped that everyone would look out for the publication of the 6th Global China Dialogue proceedings, which it was hoped would have wide-ranging influence and continue to play a role in promoting global social governance.
Part of the speakers and participants at the GCD VI Reception
Global Century Press, a subsidiary of the Global China Institute, displayed some of its publications at the forum
Conversations during registration, coffee breaks and lunch
The end of the Dialogue
At the Reception
The Dialogue would be impossible to organize without the hard work and dedication of the volunteers
Before anf after the GCD VI
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第一版块民事冲突中的调解与和平，主持与评议是伦敦政治经济学院社会政策系副教授哈坎·塞金尔金 (Hakan Seckinelgin) 博士（图右）。 大会发言自右至左依次为伦敦经济学院国际发展系冲突与公民社会研究室助理教授伊沃·兰格洛夫(Iavor Rangelov)博士（题目：缔造和平与寻求正义：目标竞争还是目标互补？）；牛津大学访问学者中国北京工业大学社会科学学院社会学系副系主任 李君甫教授（社会建设：中国特色的和平缔造）；英国斯旺西大学政治与文化研究系政治学副教授吴燕博士（微信上的‘关系’如何限制中国的争议政治?）； 丹麦哥本哈根大学政治系副教授奥拉夫·科里(Olaf Corry)博士（公民抗议活动及其呈现出的一些“安全”问题的风险）。
第二版块一带一路与减缓国家和文化之间的紧张局势，主持人是英国国际文化创意产业协会（IACCI）非执行主席帕特里夏·沃克·艾尔蒙德 (Patricia Walker Allmond)女士（图右）。这个版块的变化较大。英国伦敦大学亚非学院东亚语言和文化系前系主任，高级讲师納森·希尔（Nathan W. Hill）博士因事缺席。中国四川省社科院政治研究所前所长郭丹研究员签证批下来晚了，由他之前的研究生、现上海社科院博士生陈兰馨女士（右二）代替发言（题目：愿景与挑战：一带一路对我国西南边疆沿线国家及台湾地区关系影响）。 亚洲地理基金会创始人哈里斯·科利 (Harish Kohli) 先生因事在印度，由全球中国研究院副院长英格丽·克兰菲尔德(Ingrid Cranfield)女士（右三）代替发言（题目：拯救喜马拉雅山脉的兴都库什）； 北京语言大学人文社科学院教授，中国文化对外翻译与传播研究中心执行主任徐宝锋教授（左三）做了“儒家伦理学是否助于消除全球单边主义，极端主义和恐怖主义？基于受到和没受到儒家伦理影响的国家和地区之比较”的大会发言；该版块最后发言的是，英国阿伯丁大学社会科学学院人类学系高级讲师；阿伯丁中国研究组负责人马丁·米尔斯 (Martin Mills) 博士（题目：一带一路与一个变热的世界：气候变化知识与长距离基础设施发展的未来）。左一为英国埃克塞特大学管理讲师李伯一博士，应邀为本版块做评议。
第三版块中国在多边维和中的作用，伦敦大学学院历史系和伦敦大学学院欧洲与国际社会政治研究所彼得·施罗德 (Peter Schröder) 教授主持和评议。发挥发言自右至左依次为：德国国际安全事务研究所高级杰出研究员汉斯·马尔 (Hanns Maull) 教授（题目：中国在国际维和与缔造和平中的作用）；约旦侯赛因宾塔拉勒大学媒体与战略研究系副教授哈桑·阿卜杜拉·阿尔-达亚(Hassan Abdullah Al-Dajah)博士（题目中国在世界维和与维稳方面的作用）；英国伦敦国王学院战争研究系博士生易吴霜女士（题目：中国作为现实的和平主义者：解放军在中国军事化和平崛起背景下的战略作用，2001-2019），最后发言的是易吴霜的博士导师、伦敦大学国王学院战争研究系副教授阿列索∙帕特拉诺 (Alessio Patalano) 博士（题目：保护海外权益——中国对海上多边行动的参与的变化）。
第四版块文明价值观与促进和平，主持与评议为德国国际安全事务研究所高级杰出研究员汉斯·马尔（Hanns Maull）教授。 本版块的五位发言者依次为伦敦大学学院历史系和伦敦大学学院欧洲与国际社会政治研究所彼得·施罗德 (Peter Schröder) 教授（题目：希望、恐惧、挑战或机遇的他者：现代早期观念中的中国形象）；英国杜伦大学现代语言与文化学院副教授曹青博士（题目：中国传统文化及其与当代的关联：和平的维护与实现）；中国人民大学社会与人口学院副教授奂平清博士（题目：孔子文化自觉的华夷观及其对世界和平的意义）；全球中国研究院院长、英国伦敦大学学院名誉教授常向群教授（题目：费孝通的文明观与和平观及其影响——基于'《费孝通全集》（20卷）语料库'分析）； 法国桥智库 (The Bridge Tank) 主席和新兴经济体观察咨询公司 (OEEC) 的创始合伙人周端 (Joël Ruet)博士（题目：中国对生态文明的看法及其对可持续性的和平的重要性）。
闭幕式仍然由马丁·阿尔布劳(Martin Albrow)教授主持。这里安排了一个特殊环节，即全球中国研究院副院长兼全球世纪出版社社长英格丽·克兰菲尔德(Ingrid Cranfield)女士做关于全球世纪出版社简要报告。
之后，清华大学社会科学学院副院长、全球共同发展研究院副院长赵可金教授做了题为 "全球和平的中国方案,中国共产党的探索"的闭幕演讲；最后是《当中国统治世界的时候》的作者、剑桥大学政治与国际系高级研究员；中国复旦大学客座教授马丁·雅克教授做的 "中国将成为什么样的大国：乐观的原因"。
第六届全球中国对话合作主办单位负责人在招待会上发表了感言。与会专家学者们欣赏了英国威斯敏斯特大学中国传媒中心主任戴雨果（Hugo de burgh）教授精彩的专业的主持人风采。他高度赞赏了全球中国研究院院长常向群教授对全球中国对话系列活动组织工作的辛劳与贡献及其她的学者和学术的国际声望。他还宣布了全球中国对话系列品牌从明年起将继续在中国清华大学举办。
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