Academic Symposium of “China’s Politics in the 21st Century” held in Tsinghua University

In order to promote the development of Political Science of China in the 21st century, strengthen the academic independence of Political Science in China, and promote the modernization of governance system and ability, the academic symposium of “China’s Politics in the 21st Century” was held at Tsinghua Unisplendour International Center by the School of Social Sciences, Tsinghua University, on December 13. Over 20 famous political scientists from the important academic institutions of China were invited to discuss the development of China’s Political Science. More than 200 people from domestic universities attended the meeting. It is really a grand academic event across various disciplines, including Political Theory, Comparative Politics, and International Politics.

Professor Han Jingyang, the deputy secretary of the Party Committee of Tsinghua University, attended the conference and gave the opening remarks. Professor Shi Zhiqin, the party secretary of the School of Social Sciences delivered the welcome speech. Professor Chen Qi, the deputy dean of the School of Social Sciences, hosted the opening ceremony.

The main theme of the first session of the conference is “The Development and Evaluation of China’s Political Science”, which was hosted by Professor Yan Xuetong, the academic leader of Political Science of Tsinghua University. Professor Qin Yaqing, the president of China Foreign Affairs University, investigated the current situation and trend in the development of international relations, and the challenges and opportunities for the “Chinese school”. Professor Wang Puqu from the School of Government, Peking University, summarized the discipline orientations, characteristics, and the teaching system of China’s Political Science. Professor Zhou Guanghui from the College of Administration, Jilin University, pointed out that many problems exist in China’s Political Science, such as its ability to promote the modern governance and communicate with international academia. Professor Cai Tuo, the dean of the Globalization and Global Issues Institute, China University of Political Science and Law, offered his view on the philosophy and direction for the development of China’s Political Science. On behalf of Professor Qing Jue, the vice president of Minzu University of China, Wang Jun gave a speech on the current situation and reflections of the studies of Political Science.

The main theme of the second session of the conference is “The New Trend of the Modern Political Science”, which was hosted by Professor Jing Yue, the deputy dean of the Department of Political Science, Tsinghua University. Professor Fang Ning, the director of the Institute of Political Science, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, offered new insights into the issue of the methodology of modern Political Science. Professor Hu Wei, from the School of International and Public Affairs, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, interpreted the characteristic, trend, and essence of the localization and post-modernization of China’s Political Science. Professor Tang Yalin from the Department of Public Administration, Fudan University, elaborated on the “new separation of powers into three branches” based on the authority system of the Chinese democracy and its mechanism. Professor Zhang Fengyang from the School of Government Administration, Nanjing University, discussed how to solve public affairs in an academic way. Professor Ge Quan, the dean of the School of Government Administration, Shandong University, pointed out the importance of the localization and theorization of a discipline. Professor Liu Jianjun from the Department of Political Science, Fudan University, explored the politics of the internet in the context of China.

The main theme of the third session of the conference is “The National Governance System in Comparative Politics”, which was hosted by Professor Han Dongxue, the deputy dean of the School of Marxism, Tsinghua University. Professor Xiao Bin, the dean of the School of Government, Sun Yat-sen University, compared the two political systems under two sets of different governance methods. Professor Yang Guangbin from the Department of Political Science, Renmin University of China, elaborated on the modernization of national governance from the perspective of Comparative Politics. Professor Yang Shu from Tsinghua University, also the former president of Lanzhou University, pointed out that the field of Politics in China did not pay enough attention to the nationality splittism. Professor Jing Yuejin, the deputy dean of the Department of Political Science, Tsinghua University, explored the employment of “social administration” to “social governance” in official documents.

The main theme of the fourth session of the conference is “The Chinese Path of Science of International Politics”, which was hosted by Associate professor Zhao Kejin, the deputy director of the Department of International Relations, Tsinghua University. Professor Wang Jisi, the dean of the Institute of International & Strategic Studies, Peking University, pointed out that the theory of international relations with Chinese characteristic should further liberate people’s minds and allow critically thinking on practical issues. Professor Chen Yue, the dean of the School of International StudiesRenmin University of China, reviewed the development of China’s Political Science and analyzed the characteristics of the discipline. Professor Yan Xuetong, the dean of the Institute of Modern International Relations, Tsinghua University, argued that there is no universal Chinese school, but only the special path for small groups, and illustrated the basic ideas of moral realism. Professor Wu Zhicheng, the dean of Zhou Enlai School of Government, Nankai University, proposed to establish the concept of Chinese values, build academic confidence, and set up theoretical basis. Professor Zhang Shengjun from the School of Government, Beijing Normal University, elaborated on the possibility of secular reason as the Chinese path.

The atmosphere was very lively throughout the conference. During the question-and-answer session, participants were actively involved in the communication with the honored guests. People inside and outside the conference interacted frequently on the internet through Microblog and WeChat and discussed enthusiastically.

This conference is an effective and fruitful communication between the field of International Relations and the field of Politics in China, which promoted the integration of the study of international politics and domestic politics, and the communication among the most distinguished scholars of both disciplines. It also investigated the design and evaluation of the discipline, and opportunities and challenges in academic research. Moreover, this conference is a beneficial attempt of academic communication in the internet era. It brought forth new ideas for the organization by introducing the application of network. For example, advertising through the internet, putting conference registration online, and broadcasting live on the internet by using Microblog and WeChat to realize the interactions between people inside and outside of the conference.