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Vice Minister Attends Opening of Think 20 Summit
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In the run-up to the 2016 G20 Hangzhou Summit, the Think 20 (T20) Summit supported by the China Science and Technology Exchange Center (CSTEC) was successfully held in Beijing on July 29th and 30th. The T20 Summit was co-sponsored by the Institute of World Economics and Politics at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) and other major Chinese think tanks. The Opening Ceremony of the T20 Summit was addressed by Li Baodong, Chinese G20 Sherpa and Vice Foreign Minister; Yin Hejun, Vice Minister of Science and Technology; Cai Fang, CASS Vice President; and Zhao Baige, Vice Chairperson of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the 12th National People's Congress. Zhao Xinli, CSTEC Deputy Director and Head of the Chinese Senior Expert Group for the G20 Innovation Taskforce made a keynote speech at the T20 High-level Dialogue and attended the Closing Ceremony. Nearly 500 guests from 25 countries and regions attended the Summit.

In his speech, Vice Minister Yin noted that China has always stressed science, technology and innovation (STI). In 2015, the full-time equivalent of Chinese R&D personnel reached 1.58 million per year, accounting for one fifth of the world's total and representing the biggest pool of S&T human resources; China’s R&D input ranked the second in the world. Based on China’s own experience and trajectories of other strong economies, STI are key to drive across-the-board development. China and other members of the G20 are ready to strengthen exchanges with the international community and learn from each other. During this Summit, a T20 Innovation Forum would be held to stimulate discussions on building a cooperative, inclusive and dynamic global environment for innovation. The Forum demonstrated that global think tanks had directed great attention to innovation.

To pave the way for discussions around innovation in the G20 Summit, raise the awareness of G20 members about innovation-driven development and prepare the ground for the upcoming G20 STI Ministerial, the Think 20 Innovation Forum was held with the theme of “towards a collaborative, inclusive and dynamic global innovation environment”. The Forum was sponsored by the CSTEC, co-sponsored by the Institute for International Strategic Studies, Central Party School of the Communist Party of China; Institute of World Economics and Politics, CASS; China Institute of Science and Technology Evaluation; and the School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University.

Speakers of the Forum included Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Special Representative of Rector of United Nations University (UNU), Senior Vice-Rector of UNU, and Assistant Secretary-General of United Nations; Wang Binying, Deputy Director General of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO); Maniewicz Mario, Special Representative of Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Deputy Director of Radiocommunication Bureau, ITU. Over 100 experts from the G20, invited countries and relevant international organizations attended the Forum and exchanged views on such topics as ways and best practices of innovation-driven development, evaluation and forecast of innovation capacities, comparison and sharing of STI policies, the role of science and technology in promoting sustainable development, new industrial revolution and digital economy, open science principles, intellectual property protection and pro-innovation culture.

Staff from the CSTEC attending the Forum included Xiao Yi, Director of Talents and Training; Huo Hongwei, Deputy Director of Talents and Training; Zheng Wei, Deputy Director of Translation, Interpretation and Protocol; and Dong Quanchao, Deputy Director of Science Popularization. Services such as registration and conference interpretation were provided by CSTEC staff from the Division of Talents and Training; Division of Translation, Interpretation and Protocol; Division of Science Popularization; Division of European Affairs; Division of American and Oceanian Affairs and Division of Network and Information Service.

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