A delegation of the Center for Strategic and Regional Studies (CSRS) visited China under “2016 Think Tank Exchange Program’’.
Along with CSRS delegation, delegations from other Afghan research centers also visited China in this program.
The official 12-day trip (17-29 July) was organized with the assistance of the Chinese Embassy in Afghanistan. The Senior Manager and researcher of the CSRS Hekmatullah Zaland and Ahmad Bilal Khalil, CSRS research analyst, was a part of Afghan delegation.
The 9 member delegation of the Afghan research centers visited Chengdu and exchanged views with the Chinese Professors and researchers in Institute for Disaster Management and Reconstruction (IDMR) and in Institute of South Asian Studies, Sichuan University.
In the second part of the trip, the Afghan delegation visited the Chinese capital Beijing on 20th July and attended round tables with the Chinese researchers, Professors and Afghanistan-experts in China Institute of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), China Institute of International Studies (CIIS), Peking University (PKU) and the Chinese National Defense University.
On July 22, the delegation visited the Afghan Embassy in China and informed the Afghan Ambassador Janan Mosazai about the China trip. The Afghan delegation also shared their ideas regarding further improvement in the bilateral Sino-Afghan relations with the Afghan Ambassador.
In the last part of the trip, the delegation visited Shanghai on 25th July and discussed various issues with Chinese professors and scholars in Shanghai Institute for International Studies (SIIS) and Shanghai University of Law and Political Science.
Generally, the bilateral Afghan-Chinese relations, the opportunities and the challenges in the way of bilateral cooperation between the two countries, security situation in Afghanistan, the Afghan Peace Process, Quadrilateral Peace Talks, Pak-Afghan ties, regional projects (such as; one belt, one road) and some other relevant issues were broadly discussed during this trip.
Before their return on July 29, the Afghan delegation also visited some historic places in China.