15th October 2009
The world today is undergoing tremendous development, changes and adjustments. The international community is facing increasing opportunities and challenges. The present international system and structure are not able to cope with this new situation fully and effectively, and reform is the general demand of the world people at large. Both China and UK are global actors of significant importance. How the two countries should behave in handling the situation? It is a fact that China and UK are different in many aspects. Is it possible for the two countries to join hands in perfecting global governance for the general benefits of the whole world as well as their own? The answer should be, yes, we can.
Ma Zhengang is President of the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS), President of Center for China-US Relations Studies, CIIS, Chairman of the editorial board of International Studies, Chairman of CIIS Academic Committee, Chairman of CSCAP China (Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific), Chairman of China Arms Control and Disarmament Association. After graduating from Beijing Foreign Languages Institute (now known as Beijing Foreign Studies University), he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China (MFA) in 1965. From 1965 to 1967, he studied at Ealing Technical College and later the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
Before taking the current position, Ambassador Ma was Director-General of the Department of North American and Oceanian Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vice-Minister of the Foreign Office of the State Council, and Ambassador to the UK from 1997-2002. He was granted the titles of Honorary Doctor of University of Middlesex, Honorary Academician of University of Central Lancashire, Honorary Research Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, U K, and Honorary Citizen of the City of London.
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