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.
The rise of think tanks has drawn great attention in China, particularly among the Chinese leadership. In April 2013, President Xi Jinping made the development of think tanks a national strategic priority when he called for the construction of “new think tanks with Chinese characteristics.” Earlier this year, the CCP Central Committee drew a road map for think tank development when it issued its “Opinions on Strengthening the Construction of New Types of Think Tanks with Chinese Characteristics.” As China’s think tank fever has warmed progressively, domestic discussion has focused on drawing from the experience of successful think tanks abroad to not only improve the quality of government policy making, but also to increase the momentum for deepening comprehensive reform.
On April 21, the Brookings-Tsinghua Center hosted experts from both Chinese and overseas think tanks to discuss the next steps on China’s path to developing world-class think tanks. The event featured a discussion between Martin Indyk, Executive Vice President at the Brookings Institution, and LI Yang, Vice President at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). Three additional panels followed addressing China’s think tank construction and international cooperation. The summit invited leading Chinese scholars to engage with Brookings scholars and other foreign experts on these issues.