BEIJING - September 29, 2020. – Jasna Plevnik, President of the Geoeconomic Forum Croatia, which has been a member of the Silk Road Think Tank Network (SiLKS), since 2015 when it was founded in Madrid, stressed the BRI cooperation should strongly work to stop eroding of global economic interdependence, free trade, and free market.
Dr Ma Jiantang, Secretary of the Party Leadership Group of the Development Research Center of the State Council of China, and SiLKS Co-Chair opened a ceremony of the Silk Road International Think Tank Network 2020 Video Annual Conference. “At present, the global epidemic is still raging, the world economy is in serious recession, trade and investment have fallen sharply, and the sustainable development goals, economic globalization and global governance system are facing severe challenges. In times of crisis, more than ever, we need to uphold the concept of a community with a shared future for mankind, work together, unite and cooperate, uphold multilateralism, support the United Nations and the World Health Organization and other international institutions to play an important role, and respond to global challenges with connectivity, openness and inclusiveness, and promote World economic recovery and sustainable development,“ said Dr Ma Jiantang. The conference was guided by the Development Research Center of the State Council, supported by the UNCTAD and the Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development, and hosted by the SiLKS Secretariat. The meeting was focused on "consolidating multilateralism mechanisms, deepening global partnerships, and promoting high-quality joint construction of the Belt and Road in the post-epidemic era". This year's SiLKS brought together 34 participants from business, research centers from international relations who study the development of the One Belt, One Road initiative, in the direction of quality green low-carbon development and a new digital revolution on the principles of inclusive development.
BEIJING - June 9 - 10, 2020 - The Global Cloud Forum on Improving International Cooperation in the Fight against COVID 19 was opened by Xu Lin, Director of the State Council Information Office, and the head of the Cyberspace Administration of China, and chaired by Xie Fuzhan, President of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the China Center for International Economic Exchanges, the Institute for Contemporary China and the World, the Chongyang Institute for Financial Research of Renmin University of China, the Center for China and Globalization (CCG), and the Russian International Affairs Committee, the Latin American Council for Social Sciences, The South Africa Humanities Research Council, the European Policy Research Center and the British East Asia Commission jointly organised and sponsored the Global Cloude Forum.
The Form was attended by more than 160 research centers and media representatives from 48 countries and nine international organizations
Former Croatian President Stjepan Mesic was one of the introductory speakers at the Forum together with former Japanese Prime Minister Yasu Fukuda, former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Ban Ki-moon, chairman of the Boao Forum for Asia and former UN Secretary General.
Nobel laureate Joseph Stglitz, Chinese academician world-renowned health expert Zhong Nanshan, Pascal Lamy, former Director-General of the World Trade Organization, and Vladimir Norov, Secretary-General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization also took part in the Forum.
On April 30, 2020, Institute of European Studies CASS, hosted a webinar the Experience and Prospect of China-CEEC Cooperation in the light of the COVID-19 Epidemic. The webinar was featuring the leading experts from CASS and think thanks from Central and East European countries that expressed, at their video-meeting, the need for a permanent coordinated approach to restrain the spread of the Covid-19 and combat fake news. They discussed more in-depth China and Europe relations in that new global environment that asked of them more close cooperation and supported China-CEEC Think Tanks Network a country level reports.