Confucius Institute holds the first “Portugal-China Lisbon Conference”

[Source]    the Confucius Institute and the Lisbon City Government [Time]    2015-06-11 16:20:18 
 

On May 13th, the first “Portugal-China Lisbon Conference”, which was initiated by the Confucius Institute at

the University of Lisbon and jointly hosted by the Confucius Institute and the Lisbon City Government, was held at the Lisbon City Hall. With “Dialogue between China and Portugal - A New Silk Road” as its theme, this conference was attended by over 100 guests from various walks of life, including General Vasco J. Rocha Vieira, former Governor of Macau; Carlos Monjardino, President of the Fundação Oriente; Jorge Alberto Rangel, President of the International Institute of Macau; Carlos Manuel Castro, Vice-Mayor of Lisbon; Antonio Cruz da Serra, Rector of the University of Lisbon; and Huang Songfu, Chinese Ambassador to Portugal.

Madam Xu Lin, Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters and Director General of Hanban, sent her congratulatory letter for this event. In her letter, she said, “This year marks the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Portugal. I firmly believe that this conference, which is jointly organized by the Confucius Institute at the University of Lisbon and the Lisbon City Government, will establish a brand-new platform for comprehensive exchange and cooperation between the two countries and make its active contributions to further enhancing the level and depth of the cooperation in economy, education and culture and strengthening China-Portugal friendship.”

During this conference, Mr. Gao Peiyong, Director of the National Academy of Economic Strategy of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, was invited as special guest to deliver a keynote speech titled “Chinese Economic Reform in the Context of Economic Globalization”. In the speech, he comprehensively elaborated four major topics on China’s economy since China started reform and opening-up 37 years ago, namely, different phases of China’s economic development, causes of China’s rapid economic development for 30 years, interpretation of the “new normal” of China’s economy, and the new pattern of China’s economic development.

Scholars attending the discussion session of this conference included Francisco Murteira Nabo, Portuguese renowned economist and social practitioner; the distinguished scholar Viriato Soromenho-Marques, Professor at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Lisbon; and Fernanda Ilheu, Professor of Economics at the University of Lisbon and former Secretary-General of Portuguese-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

It is learned that the “Portugal-China Lisbon Conference” is the first cross-disciplinary forum on politics, academics and business, which is initiated by the Confucius Institute and jointly organized by the Confucius Institute and the local city government. Guests attending this event expressed that the high-level speeches by the speakers offered them an opportunity to learn more about China’s economic reform and development, which boosted their confidence in the future prospects of the cooperation between the two countries.

 
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