Think tank meeting held to promote BRICS cooperation

By Zhang Liying
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Attendees pose for a group photo at the Annual Conference of the China Council for the BRICS Think Tank Cooperation (CCBTC) in Beijing on Jan. 3, 2020. [Photo courtesy of the CCBTC]

The Annual Conference of the China Council for BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Think Tank Cooperation (CCBTC) was held at Beijing International Studies University on Jan. 3.

With the theme of "Path to Rejuvenation Amid Biggest Change in a Century", the third such meeting attracted more than 200 experts and representatives of CCBTC members to review BRICS cooperation in recent years and offer advice on future progress.

CCBTC Chair Guo Yezhou said the major responsibility of the council was to provide intellectual support in improving BRICS cooperation.

Guo, also vice minister of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee (IDCPC), encouraged CCBTC members to enhance capacity building, continue adhering to a problem-oriented approach, pursue greater exchanges and integration as well as produce better proposals for advancement.

Huang Yiyang, deputy director-general of the Department of International Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, praised the efforts of the CCBTC, saying it had proposed a large number of constructive and feasible policy recommendations.

According to Huang, BRICS cooperation had become one of the most important multilateral cooperation mechanisms, and Russia's current presidency was expected to further strengthen three-pillar-driven cooperation in the areas of economy, peace and security and people-to-people exchanges.

"I believe CCBTC members will continue to make good use of their respective strengths in 2020, and contribute their wisdom to major-country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics in the new era," he said.

The council released two research reports at the conference - Report on BRICS Cooperation and Development (2019) and the Report on BRICS Sustainable Development (2018).

The event also witnessed the inauguration of the council's official website.

The CCBTC was established in January 2017 during China's presidency through the initiative of the IDCPC.

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