He Zhigeng, Secretary-General of the Charhar Institute, attended the First Session of the Second Council of China Public Diplomacy Association (CPDA) which was held in Beijing on October 10th.
At the meeting, CPDA’s work in the first three quarters of 2019 was reviewed and new president and secretary-general of CPDA were elected. Wu Hailong was elected President of CPDA and Huo Ying was elected Secretary-General of CPDA after the voting.
At the First Session of the Second Council of China Public Diplomacy Association
Wu Hailong said at the meeting that although public diplomacy is different from government diplomacy, it also has a strong political nature. Both public diplomacy and government diplomacy serve the interests of the country and shoulder important missions on enhancing people’s understanding of policy propositions of China, shaping China’s national image of peaceful development and promoting people-to-people exchanges between China and the rest of the world.
Wu noted under the new situation, the CPDA should pay more attention to strengthening international publicity through overall planning, face the media and the public in the world directly and publicize China’s policies and position to the outside world in a better way for enhancing mutual understanding and trust.
He added that the CPDA would also strive to build a better communication platform for its members and provide strong supports in their public diplomacy activities in the future.
Group photo at the meeting
As China's leading, internationally renowned, non-governmental and non-partisan think tank on diplomacy and international relations, the Charhar Institute has developed rapidly since its establishment in 2009, and has become one of the leading institutions in the field of public diplomacy in China. The Charhar Institute has been influential on policy-making regarding the Korean Peninsula affairs as well as religious diplomacy.
In addition, the Charhar Institute has greatly promoted the development of the theory and practice of public diplomacy and has played as a pathfinder of developing social think tank of International relations in China.
The Charhar Institute was appointed as Member of the Special Committee of the CPDA in 2016, and since then, it has kept on exchanging and cooperating with the CPDA, so as to contribute to the development of public diplomacy of China.
In the future, the Charhar Institute will keep on devoting itself to promoting the research on diplomacy and international relations, and providing China and the international community with more forward-looking ideological products while meeting new challenges as well as chances in the field of public diplomacy and international relations.
The China Public Diplomacy Association (CPDA), established in March 2013 as a juridical association with 64 founding members, is a nationwide non-profit organization comprising experts and scholars, celebrities, and relevant institutions and enterprises in the field of public diplomacy.
Dedicated to providing professional consultation and coordination services, mobilizing and coordinating social resources and making the best of people-to-people channels in international exchanges, the CPDA strives to advance the development of China’s public diplomacy, enhance mutual understanding and friendship between China and the rest of the world, project to the world a positive image of China that is civilized, democratic, open, and progressive, and create an international environment conducive to China’s peaceful development.
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