2016 China Think Tank Innovation Summit

Weiwei Liu

The 2016 China Think Tank Innovation Summit, which was held on June 6, 2016 in Beijing, China at the Penn Wharton China Center brought together 119 participants from 28 think tanks Screen Shot 2016-07-11 at 10.11.24 AMof 5 countries, 6 government branches and 31 media platforms. This summit was co-hosted by the Think Tank and Civil Society Program (TTCSP), Center for China and Globalization (CCG), Think Tank Research and Publishing Center of Guangming Daily and Institute of Development Studies, Southeastern University of Finance and Economics.


The thematic undertaking of this year’s summit in Beijing was to address the opportunities and challenges that Chinese think tanks face and to provide viable suggestions for the development of innovative think tanks with Chinese characteristics. Since the publication of CCP General Office and State Council General Office Opinions concerning Strengthening the Construction of New Types of Think Tanks with Chinese Characteristics in 2015, Chinese think tanks development has entered a new stage where the need for experience sharing becomes more acute. This year’s summit was especially valuable and practical against this backdrop. As the first high-profile summit centered on think tank innovation in China, the summit received explosive media coverage by major media platforms in China including People.cn and Guangming Daily.
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The format of this think tank innovation summit included five panels: Panel One “Re-engineering Chinese Think Tanks: Innovations and New Development”; Panel Two “Observing the Development of Chinese Think Tanks from a Global Perspectives”; Panel Three “Innovation, Research and Theoretical Construction of Think Tanks”; Panel Four “Operational Management and Talent Building for Think Tanks”; and Panel Five “New Media, Internet and Think Tank Innovation.”


For detailed discussions on the summit, please see the following news reports:

Chinese and American experts coming together to promote innovative development of Chinese think tanks (in Chinese), Li Guoqiang : Chinese think tank Innovation Summit review: think tank research, theoretical construction and innovation (in Chinese) and 2016 Chinese think tank Innovation Summit: knowledge changes, strain, seeking to become the consensus” (in Chinese).

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