Introduction of the World Forum on China Studies

The World Forum on China Studies is a Shanghai-based academic event jointly organized by the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences and the Information Office of the Shanghai Municipality. Sponsored by the State Council Information Office of the People’s Republic of China and the Shanghai Municipal Government, the Forum is dedicated to reflecting upon global challenges while fostering an informed understanding between China and the rest of the world. It provides the worldwide community of China studies a biennial platform to share face-to-face their latest research achievements and strengthen their academic ties of friendly cooperation.

Founded in 2004, the Forum has convened 10 times, including six forums, one special conference and three overseas symposiums. In addressing themes like ”China in Multi-Perspectives”, “China and the World: Harmony & Peace”, “Common Challenges, Common Efforts: Working Together for a Better World” and “Living Together, Growing Together: China and the World Integrate”, the first four forums focused primarily on highlighting the traditional Chinese culture for its application to the current-day agenda. Since the 5th forum held in 2013, more emphasis has been placed on the affairs of contemporary China, with themes ranging from “China’s Modernization: Road and Prospect” to “International Dialogue on the Chinese Dream” as well as “China’s Reform: Opportunities and Challenges”.
In May 2015, the Forum successfully held its first overseas symposium in New York and Atlanta, in partnership with the Asia Society and the Carter Center. In May 2016, the Forum convened its second overseas symposium in Soul, in partnership with Korea University. The third overseas symposium was held in July 2017 in Berlin on the sideline of the G20 Hamburg Summit through cooperation with the German Institute of Global and Area Studies as well as the Bertelsmann Stiftung.
The Forum has now established its academic and social fame internationally, attended by around 2000 scholars, experts, opinion leaders, veteran politicians, think-tank representatives, and diplomatic missions of over 50 countries and regions. Besides, its activities have received extensive coverage by dozens of professional media outlets, with its views and findings widely quoted in the academic community around the world.