China has undergone an enormous process of economic and social development and modernization in recent decades. Society's demands on politics are changing, and politics is called upon to keep pace with these changes. With the political-academic dialogue, the Beijing Representative Office has been creating a space for substantive discussion of sociopolitical issues since 1993. The discourse makes motivations visible, shows alternative courses of action and thus accompanies the Chinese reform process. The focus of the work is on social policy, the rule of law and good governance.
The cooperation takes place within the framework of an umbrella partnership with the Ministry of Education (MoE) for our representative office in Beijing, on the basis of which the MoE has access to the competencies and resources of our individual project centers.
Academic exchange in the social sciences and law
In times of demographic and economic structural change, the exchange with Chinese academics and students is intended to convey the necessity of developing sustainable social policy measures. To this end, experts present developments and experiences in Germany, which serve China as illustrative examples for overcoming its own challenges. Important cooperation partners are Peking University and Beijing Foreign Language University.
We support China's efforts to build rule-of-law structures by promoting exchanges in the fields of public law and criminal law. Among others, we organize regular events in Beijing and delegation trips to Germany with the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL), Renmin University and the University of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (UCASS), in which we highlight similarities and differences between the two legal systems by providing insights into German legal practice. In addition to Chinese academics and students, we bring together representatives from legal practice - such as judges and public prosecutors - with German experts in our events in order to impart problem-solving skills and jointly develop ideas for further reform of the legal system.
Politics, Society, Law" dialogue program with the Central Party College
As the highest educational and training institution of the CCP and the central think tank of the Chinese government, the Central Party University forms an interface between science and politics. At the heart of the cooperation, which has been in place since 1999, is the "Politics, Society, Law" dialog program, which facilitates a broad-based dialog on social, socio-political and economic issues. The cooperation provides a framework for exchange and discussion and enables both sides to gain insights into current political and scientific debates in the other country. It includes regular symposia, delegation trips, discussion rounds and guest lectures.
German-Chinese Parliamentary Exchange
The Chinese People's Society for Friendship with Foreign Countries (Friendship Society) is the HSS's oldest partner in China. The cooperation, which began in 1979, centers on reciprocal visits between deputies from provincial People's Congresses and German parliamentarians at the state, federal and European levels. The aim is to promote political dialogue and professional exchange on topics such as structural change, urban and rural development and current German and European policy issues.
Support for socially disadvantaged young people
Together with a subsidiary of the Friendship Society, the China Friendship Foundation for Peace and Development, we have been running a scholarship program to support students in structurally weak provinces since 2000. Since 2015, the program has awarded scholarships to vocational students with the aim of increasing employability and career development opportunities. After completing a vocational training course at HSS cooperation schools in western China, the recipients, who are often members of ethnic minorities, have good career prospects in industry and the skilled trades. By enabling economic participation, we contribute to the sustainable improvement of the living conditions of the local population and to the reduction of regional disparities.
Advancement of women
Since 2003, we have been working with the All-China Women's Federation to promote the position of women in the workplace, family and society through professional dialogue and vocational training programs. In symposia and reciprocal delegation trips, representatives of both countries exchange ideas on concepts and projects for gender equality. Key topics include measures to promote education and careers, women's and children's rights, and issues of migration and demographic change, which pose major challenges for women in rural regions in particular. For women in the structurally weak province of Gansu, we conduct vocational training in the area of health care and capacity building in order to contribute to economic participation and the reduction of social disparities. Furthermore, projects are also carried out to protect the rights of women and girls, including with regard to sexual violence.
In cooperation with the China Scholarship Council (CSC), a subsidiary of the MoE, we award scholarships to Chinese academics in Germany in order to contribute to the education of highly qualified young academics in China through ideational and financial support.
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