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  • Zhang Weiwei (张维为)
    Born : January , 1957Gender : Male

President and professor of China Research Institute, Fudan University


He graduated from Fudan University with a bachelor's degree in foreign languages, and then obtained a master's degree and a doctor's degree in international relations from the University of Geneva.


He was a visiting scholar at Oxford University, a professor at the school of foreign affairs and international relations in Geneva, a senior researcher at the Asian Research Center of the University of Geneva and a concurrent professor at several domestic universities. He is now a distinguished professor of Fudan University and President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.


Zhang Weiwei's "Think About China Trilogy" series has sold more than one million, which has a considerable social impact. The book China shock was recommended to Zoellick, president of the world bank, who came to visit China in September 2011 by Xi Jinping. The book has also won many awards such as the first prize of the 2012 Shanghai Book Award, and has been translated into English, Arabic and other languages.

He has published many articles on China's economic and political system reform, China's development model, comparative politics, foreign policy and cross-strait relations in Chinese and English, such as "Seeking Truth", "Red Flag Manuscript", "Guangming Daily", "Global Times", "New York Times", "European world", etc. He has also written column reviews for many domestic media, such as “People's network”, “Observer network” and “April network”.

Notable Works|Publications

Chinese dream from multiple perspectives

The Chinese road and the Chinese dream from an international perspective

Glory and dream of China surpassing a "civilized country"

China touch: observation and thinking from the perspective of a hundred countries

China shock: the rise of a "civilized country"

China's self awareness: the cultural consciousness of China's rise

Ideology and economic reform under Deng Xiaoping (Kegan Paul, London, 1996)

Transforming China: economic reform and its political implications (Macmillan, London and St. Martins, New York, 2000)

Reshaping Cross-Strait Relations: ideas and reflections (CAS, Geneva, 2006)

Meritocracy versus democracy

Why China prefers its own political model

Main Opnions

One of the core concepts of western discourse was the so-called "Modernity". Professor Zhang has said many times that China's rise was reshaping the so-called "Modernity". The great achievements of China's modernization, especially the more efficient, more convenient, more humanized, more personalized and so on, were reshaping the concept of "modernity" in a sense, and almost all of these have many traditional genes of Chinese civilization advancing with the times. For example, we could reveal the deep relationship between the miracle of "eight vertical and eight horizontal" high-speed railway and the great project in Chinese history through our own research. In our history, the Grand Canal, the Great Wall, the ancient tea horse road, the land Silk Road, the maritime Silk Road and so on all belong to a kind of cross regional project of China as a super large country in a sense. Academic circles call this "linear culture", which carried the Chinese humanism, peace loving, pioneering spirit of struggle and such cultural heritage.


Frankly speaking, it was probably only in China that you could consider buying a house just after you graduate from university, and girls could take ownership of property right house as the condition of marriage. As far as I know, no developed country in the world has reached this level.

I've seen the TV series "dwelling in a snail". There is a classic line in it: "The sum of our age is nearly 70 years old, but we don't have our own house." No one dared to say that in Switzerland, because it couldn't be done. In fact, which developed country could do this? In general, the typical middle class in western countries, the biggest property in their lives is a property right house. Switzerland's home ownership rate is 36%, half that of Beijing and Shanghai.

Chinese people's demand for housing exceeds that of developed countries. In a sense, it also showed the rapid rise of China and the improvement of most people's lives. We should affirm our achievements confidently, and then solve the existing problems with the spirit of innovation.

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