The 2nd Symposium on Diplomatic Protocol and Etiquette & the Launch of the Book From Theory to Practice --- A Study of Diplomatic Protocol and Etiquette, sponsored by the China Foreign Affairs University (CFAU) and co-sponsored by the World Affairs Press and the Charhar Institute, was held at CFAU in Beijing on October 11th.
Diplomats, experts and scholars from across the country engaged in the study of protocol and etiquette gathered at the symposium to discuss in depth both practical application, and theoretical exploration and research of diplomatic protocol and etiquette, with a focus on the book From Theory to Practice --- A Study of Diplomatic Protocol and Etiquette.
Group photo at the symposium
The book was recently published by the World Affairs Press with Zhou Jiali, Research Fellow at the Center for Public Diplomacy Studies of the CFAU and Research Fellow at the Charhar Institute, as the Editor-in-chief, Zhang Guobin, Vice President of the National Council of the Charhar Institute and Senior Research Fellow at the Charhar Institute, as the Deputy Editor-in-chief, and Lu Peixin, former Deputy Director-General of the Department of Protocol of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and China's first ambassador to Slovenia, as the Chief Consultant.
Professor Wang Chunying, Director of the Department of Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs Management of CFAU, presided over the opening ceremony of the symposium. Xu Jian, President of CFAU, Su Wen, President of the World Affairs Press, Han Fangming，Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the CPPCC National Committee and Chairman of the Charhar Institute, and Fan Yong, Vice Director-General of Protocol Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, delivered opening speeches respectively.
Xu Jian, President of CFAU, first warmly welcomed the guests and media friends in his speech. He briefly introduced the characteristics and achievements of CFAU in teaching and research of diplomatic protocol and etiquette.
Xu Jian speaks at the symposium.
Xu pointed out that the current theoretical research on diplomatic protocol and etiquette still needs to be improved and the publication of this new book is conducive to promoting the academic research of this field and boosting further development of diplomatic protocol and etiquette. He hoped that more experts and scholars could pay attention to the study of diplomatic protocol and etiquette in the future.
Su Wen, President of the World Affairs Press, congratulated the publication of the new book and thanked the members of the editorial board of the book. He pointed out that the role of diplomatic protocol and etiquette has become more and more prominent as China is arising and moving towards the center of the world stage. However, the research in this field is still weak. To produce this book, Chinese and foreign experts on protocol and etiquette have made a comprehensive study from theory to practice, thus making up a shortage on the subject.
Su Wen speaks at the symposium.
Chairman of the Charhar Institute Han Fangming said that it was a privilege for the Charhar Institute to have been invited to co-organize this symposium. On behalf of the Charhar Institute, he congratulated the experts and scholars at home and abroad who had participated in the compilation of the new book.
Han remarked that the military parade for the 70th anniversary of the founding of the PRC has allowed people in the world to witness China's development and rise. It is a great victory and a new start, which needs each of us to continue to grasp the opportunities of the times, never forget our original aspiration and continue to forge ahead. Against the background of the 70th anniversary of the founding of PRC, government diplomacy and public diplomacy are playing an increasingly important role in building a global community of shared future.
Han Fangming speaks at the symposium.
Han noted that the book which has brought together the achievements of nearly ten senior diplomatic protocol and etiquette experts from different countries, provides an important reference for diplomatic and foreign affairs work, as well as theoretical guidance to government diplomacy and public diplomacy practices.
Fan Yong, Vice Director-General of the Protocol Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, introduced the development of Chinese diplomatic protocol and etiquette practice. He stressed that as China is increasingly being heard in the world, Chinese diplomatic protocol and etiquette in the new era needs to display China’s own characteristics, and the theoretical exploration in this book is a good guide to the practice of protocol and etiquette. He hoped that experts, scholars and diplomats pay more attention to the development of China’s protocol and etiquette and China's diplomacy in the future.
Fan Yong speaks at the symposium.
Ambassador Lu Peixin, General Consultant of the book, gave a detailed introduction to this book. He said that the publication of the book is of great significance. He said he had wanted to publish such a book on protocol and etiquette years ago when he was the former Deputy Director-General of the Department of Protocol of the MFA. However, his wish could not come true then. He is very happy now as such a book with the efforts of generations of specialists has finally been released.
Lu Peixin speaks at the symposium.
Zhang Guobin, Deputy Editor-in-chief of the book, introduced the features of the new book, emphasizing that the book contains the lessons learned by foreign and domestic diplomatic practitioners and fills in the gaps in the study of protocol and etiquette in China.
Zhang Guobin speaks at the symposium.
Zhou Jiali, Editor-in-chief of the book, introduced the importance of protocol and etiquette as well as its practical characteristics, the rather weak academic research in this field, and the difficulties in the academic and theoretical study on this. She pointed out that the publication of this book was an exploration and a beginning of academic research of this field. She hoped that more scholars would jointly promote the academic research work on protocol and etiquette.
Zhou Jiali speaks at the symposium.
Foreign authors of the books from the United States, Britain, France, Canada, India and Japan also sent their congratulation through videos or in writing.
The experts and scholars who attended the symposium had a heated discussion on the issue of diplomatic protocol and etiquette. They agreed that protocol and etiquette are an important part of diplomatic work and serve foreign policy and foreign affairs with strong flexibility. In today's international situation, the theoretical study of protocol and etiquette is of great importance, and it is necessary to promote the framework and methods of research on diplomatic protocol and etiquette according to the changes of the times, so that theory can guide practice and on the other hand, practice can also enrich and develop the theory.
Professor Gao Fei, Vice President of CFAU, made a summary at the closing ceremony. He thanked all the experts and scholars for their excellent contributions. He stressed that every country's etiquette culture has its own characteristics, and etiquette itself is evolving. Diplomatic protocol and etiquette provide a new perspective for the study of diplomacy and international relations. It is of great significance to make a further study in depth on this.
Gao Fei speaks at the symposium.
As China's leading, internationally renowned, non-governmental and non-partisan think tank for diplomacy and international relations, the Charhar Institute is committed to building an independent think tank with international influence. Since its establishment, the Charhar Institute has developed rapidly and has become one of the core institutions in the field of public diplomacy in China. It has greatly pushed forward the theory and practice of public diplomacy in China, and is a pioneer and leader in the field of public diplomacy among think tanks in China. In future, the Charhar Institute will continue to devote itself to promoting China's diplomacy research and providing forward-looking ideas and concepts for China and the international community in order to better promote diplomacy in China and the whole world.
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