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China’s New Think Tank Model Different from the Models from the Former Soviet Union and the U.S.

On July 14, Study Times, a journal of the Party School of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, published an article on developing China’s new think tanks with Chinese characteristics. The 3rd Plenary Session of the 18th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (Nov. 9 – 12, 2013, in Beijing) stressed the need to “strengthen the Chinese characteristics of new think tanks and build a sound decision-making advisory system.” According to the article, the model for China’s new think tanks with Chinese characteristics is different from the "Soviet Union model," which had a close relationship to the government and gave advice to the former Soviet Union government directly, using its research results; it is also different from the "American model," which is independent from the U.S. government.

According to the article, China’s think tanks are diversified and complementary. “Providing service to the decision makers is fundamental and giving moderately advanced predictions is the key.” Think tanks help to improve the quality of how public policy performs in China and they enhance China’s international influence. To ensure a think tanks’ high quality service, the article suggests building up four mechanisms: “the Incentive mechanism, the competitive mechanism, the cooperation mechanism, and the oversight/supervision mechanism.”

Source: Study Times, July 14, 2014