On December 19, 2017, the delegation of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS, Beijing, Peopleâ€™s Republic of China) carried out an official working visit to Odessa Regional Institute for Public Administration of the National Academy for Public Administration under the President of Ukraine. The delegation included CASS Political Studies Institute Director Fang Ning, specialist in the field of nationalities and religions He Xingliang, historian Shi Jinbo, Program Officer of the European and Central Asia Division Yu Jianfei, Assistant Researcher Ph. D. Ma Feng as well as the Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Odessa Zhao Xiangrong and the Consulate representatives Yu Zhoulin and Wang Qi.
The Institute Director Mykola Izha sincerely greeted the honorary guests, and emphasized the longstanding friendly relations of our institution with the Consulate General of PRC in Odessa. In the network of the meeting, the delegation members were informed about the Institute's creation history, its structure, basic activity direction, staff's achievements, as well as the experience of cooperation with the Chinese partners. In his turn, the delegation head Professor Fang Ning thanked for the opportunity to visit the Institute, get acquainted with its work, and speak before the institution's collective.
Afterwards, the Academy's representatives held a meeting with the First Deputy Director Mykola Popov, visited the museum, educational offices, concert hall, and the Regional Policy and Public Administering Department.
On top of that, according to the program of the visit, Professor Fang Ning presented a "Chinese Modernization Experience" speech to the Institute's lecturers, staff, students and postgraduate students. In his speech, the scientist highlighted a difficult path his country has been walking through during the recent years in order to carry out the economic and political reforms. It was especially emphasized that the openness and modernizations policy has been successfully realized, thus providing for building a democratic society with a Chinese specificity.
On behalf of the institute, Professor Izha thanked Professor Fang Ning for the interesting and thorough speech, and the Consul General of PRC in Odessa for the assistance in organizing the visit.