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World forum focuses on 'China in a New Era'
    The Seventh World Forum on China Studies themed on "China in a New Era" was held on Sunday in Shanghai, assembling more than 180 sinologists and specialists on China studies from more than 30 countries and regions. 
    Jiang Jianguo, vice minister of the Publicity Department of the CPC Central Committee and minister of the State Council Information Office, delivered an opening speech titled "Understanding China in a New Era and Constructing a Better World Together."
    In his address to the forum, Shanghai Mayor Ying Yong shared the city's ambition and efforts in building an international economic, finance, trade and shipping center as well as socialist modernized metropolis, inviting the attending experts to offer discerning opinions and proposals that will benefit the city's development.
    Among the Chinese and foreign specialists attending the forum include Kevin Rudd, the former prime minister of Australia and president of Asia Society Policy Institute (US), who delivered a keynote speech titled "New Sinology in a New Era."
    The World Forum on China Studies was started in 2004. Jointly sponsored by the State Council Information Office and the Municipal People's Government of Shanghai, and hosted by Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences and the Information Office of Shanghai Municipality, it is a high-level, all-directional and open academic forum held every two years in Shanghai. 
    The seventh forum comprises the opening and closing ceremonies, speeches, five paralleled round-table academic conferences and two special meetings. Experts and scholars will hold round-table discussions on "guiding ideology," "balanced development," "cultural confidence," "system construction" and "major country diplomacy" of the new era.