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China’s G-20 presidency: Comparative perspectives on global governance

Content from the Brookings-Tsinghua Public Policy Center is now archived. Since October 1, 2020, Brookings has maintained a limited partnership with Tsinghua University School of Public Policy and Management that is intended to facilitate jointly organized dialogues, meetings, and/or events.

As China presides over the G-20 for the first time, the country has the significant opportunity to impact a system of global governance under increasing stress. At the same time, while enduring the costs and realizing the benefits of its leadership role, China can address critical issues including innovation, global security, infrastructure development, and climate change. Even as China recently has made its own forays into regional institution-building with the launch of the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank and the “One Belt, One Road” initiative, its G-20 presidency presents a new platform from which the country can advance its own agenda as part of a broader global agenda. As the first and second largest economies in the world, the United States and China can benefit enormously by understanding each other’s perspective.

Think tanks like the Brookings-Tsinghua Center have been playing an important role in this bilateral and multilateral exchange of views. On March 22, in celebration of the 10th anniversaries of the Brookings-Tsinghua Center and the John L. Thornton China Center at Brookings, Tsinghua University hosted a conference to examine how China can realize the 2016 G-20 theme of “an innovative, invigorated, interconnected, and inclusive world economy.” The event began with introductory keynote remarks on the substantive advancements China and the United States have made in think tank development and people-to-people diplomacy, followed by an additional set of keynote remarks and panel discussions presenting Chinese and American perspectives on the G-20 agenda and the state of global governance.

John Thornton G20

Brookings Foreign Policy Program VP Bruce Jones speaks on G20 and global governance at Tsinghua University.

Panel 1

Panel 2




Leadership, responsibility, and reform: Global economic governance


Wang Xiaolong

Special Envoy on G20 Affairs - Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Wang Yong

Professor, School of International Studies - Director, Center for International Political Economy


Wei Min

Senior Research Fellow - China Institute of International Studies

Innovation, infrastructure, and climate change


Zheng Xinli

Permanent Vice Chairman - China Center for International Economic Exchanges


He Fan

Chief Economist and Managing Director - Caixin Insight Group


Hu Angang

Professor, School of Public Policy and Management and Director, Center for China Studies


Director, The Climate Policy Initiative

Former Brookings Expert

Coffee/Tea Break

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