Four foreign experts recognized for achievements in China studies

09:12, November 08, 2010      

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Four foreign experts were honored for their outstanding contributions to China studies Saturday at the fourth World Forum on China Studies.

The four experts are Igor A. Rogachev from Russia, Kazuko Mori from Japan, Alden Kuhn from the United States, and Jacques Gernet from France.

According to the organizing committee, the Award for Contributions to China Studies is based on the recommendation and selection by the forum's academic committee. It will be a regular part of upcoming forums and three to five international scholars will receive the honor at each time.

"China's development path is peaceful and different from the path powerful countries have taken in the past," said Wang Chen, director of the Information Office of the State Council, in his keynote speech "A Vision of China's Peaceful Development and World Harmony" at the forum.

Wang said China will "unswervingly follow the path of peaceful development," calling it a strategic choice and a solemn promise.

"Because they experienced suffering, Chinese people are well aware of the importance of peace and the urgency of development. They are convinced that only peace can bring about a good and prosperous life," said Wang.

Wang added that Chinese development is not aimed at becoming a super power.

He said China is not aiming for world hegemony and that China's rise does not pose a threat to the world.

"China is in the same boat as the international community and is making concerted efforts to achieve sustainable economic and social development," Wang concluded.

The forum, with the theme "China Integrating into a Diverse World," attracted more than 280 scholars from more than 20 countries and regions.

Initiated in 2004, the biennial forum aims to nurture new views and approaches for China studies while promoting mutual understanding and academic exchange between Chinese and overseas scholars.

The State Council Information Office and the Shanghai Municipal Government sponsored the forum that will run until Nov. 8.

Source: Xinhua


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