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| 2017-02-09 | Hits:
(Chinese Social Sciences Today)


Scholar: Domestic economy shows steady improvement
Macroeconomic indicators from December 2016 show that China’s economy still faces downward pressure, but generally it has maintained steady improvement, said Yan Yan, deputy director of the joint committee of the Institute of Economic Research at Renmin University of China, at the recent monthly macroeconomic analysis conference hosted by the university. This trend is shown in the continued moderate increase of the resident’s consumer goods price, the significant improvement of the month-on-month growth rate of trade and the recovery of long- and mid-term credit demand of enterprises, Yan said. In the next few years, commercial banks will face great pressure, so macroeconomic adjustment and control in 2017 should shift its focus from steady growth to risk prevention, said Zhang Ming, director of the International Investment Division at the Institute of World Economics and Politics under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. 


Central, Eastern European economic institute founded

The Economic Research Institute of Central and Eastern Europe (ERICEE) was jointly established by the China and Central and Eastern Europe Fund and the China-Europe International Business School (CEIBS) on Jan. 23 in Shanghai. By studying the economic, financial, industrial, cultural and social environments of countries in the region, the institute aims to provide intelligent support for China’s enterprises investing in the markets of Central and Eastern Europe, promote the “16 plus one” cooperation model and provide policy consultation for the implementation of the “Belt and Road” initiative. Li Mingjun, president of the CEIBS, said the ERICEE will conduct academic exchanges with the countries in Central and Eastern Europe as well as think tanks and business schools in related countries. The new institute will also release routine research briefs and conduct monographic studies targeting different industries. 


Top 10 think tanks of China in 2016 revealed

Two weeks ago, Guangming Daily Press revealed its list of China’s top 10 think tanks and top 10 think tank researchers in 2016. The Institute of World Economics and Politics under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), the National Institute of International Strategy under CASS, the National Academy of Development and Strategy under Renmin University of China and seven other think tanks were ranked among the top 10 think tanks of China in 2016. Li Yang, chairman of the National Institution for Finance and Development (NIFD); Cai Fang, vice-president of the CASS, and eight other scholars were selected as China’s top 10 researchers of think tanks in 2016. The selection this year emphasizes the influence of think tanks and individual studies on policymaking, society as well as international and academic community.



Privately run education improves, efforts still needed

Policies that discriminate against teachers in privately run education facilities should be abolished, and policies aimed at improving the treatment on those teachers should be conscientiously implemented, according to the Development Report on Nongovernmental Education in China 2015 co-edited by Zhou Haitao and Zhong Binglin, professors of education from Beijing Normal University. The report suggests that nongovernmental education institutions are generally well developed. However, the students still need to further improve their ability to manage emotions. In addition, they also should improve their professional skills, ability to innovate and perseverance for study. The report suggests the teachers in nongovernmental education should improve their devotion and passion for the career. And further policies should be made to promote the teacher-student communication in nongovernmental education institutions.