Beijing, March 21, 2011 — David D. Arnold, the new president of The Asia Foundation, met with Zhou Qifeng, president of Peking University (PKU), last week in Beijing on his first visit to China with the Foundation. Over the past 15 years, The Asia Foundation has supported research, exchange, training, and other programs at various institutes and schools of PKU. Mr. Arnold and Dr. Zhou expressed a commitment to continue cooperating together in the future.
Over the past decade, the Foundation’s programs with PKU have focused on public participation in lawmaking, open government information, and most recently, a new program that encourages the use of alternative dispute resolution to resolve environmental conflicts in China. Following the meeting with Dr. Zhou, Mr. Arnold was interviewed by PKU student journalists.
Mr. Arnold also met with Minister Wei Liqun, executive vice president of the Chinese Academy of Governance (CAG), formerly known as the National School of Administration, a longstanding partner of The Asia Foundation for programs in the fields of administrative law and disaster management.
Minister Wei noted that CAG and The Asia Foundation have achieved excellent results in their years of cooperation and he expects the two institutions to participate in many opportunities together in the future.
“I am very interested and excited about the possibility of future collaboration. It is clear we have shared interests in these areas of law and disaster management,” said Mr. Arnold.
During his three-day visit to Beijing, Mr. Arnold also met with Assistant Minister Wu Hailong of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman; Vice Minister Yuan Shuhong of the Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council; senior officials at the Ministry of Civil Affairs; and other academic partners from Peking University and Beijing Normal University.
At Peking University, Mr. Arnold participated in a governance roundtable — hosted by PKU’s Center for Public Participation Studies and Support and the Center for Overseas Social and Philosophical Theories of the Central Compilation and Translation Bureau — to discuss research and interim results of the ongoing Chinese Governance Assessment Project (C-GAP), which is also supported by The Asia Foundation. This research initiative examines changes in public participation, transparency, and accountability across provinces in China and assesses whether these changes correlate with key governance outcomes.