The Foundation of China – Central Eastern European Institute in Budapest – China’s first overseas think tank opens in Europe

The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) recently launched a think tank in Hungary to promote cooperation and academic exchanges with countries in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). The think tank, China’s first in Europe, is part of President Xi Jinping’s strategy of culture “going out.” The foundation of the Institute and the event was supported by our Sino-European Foundation.

The China-CEE Institute was launched at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, capital of Hungary, on April 24, 2017. Liu Qibao, head of the CPC Central Committee’s Publicity Department and CASS President Wang Weiguang attended the launching ceremony of the China-CEE Institute.

The keynote speech was delivered by Wang Weiguang, president of CASS, chairman of the think tank network and honorary president of the newly established institute.

Explaining the need for the institute, Wang said growing cooperation between China and CEE countries in all fields requires think tanks and academic institutions to broaden and further studies and exchanges on new situations and issues.

This is an important step for the development of the China-CEE think tank network and also marks a new stage for people-to-people exchanges and academic communication, Wang added. More than 100 think tank representatives, government officials, businessmen and media professionals participated in the launching ceremony.

The ceremony was followed by a symposium titled “China-CEE Cooperation: Joint Efforts to Address Common Challenges.” Experts and think tank scholars from China and CEE countries discussed the common challenges facing China-CEE cooperation and proposed solutions.