Given the various transformational challenges currently facing the country, the Chinese government, the Communist Party of China and Chinese society as a whole will have to search for new paths towards further development. Yet there are no ready-made solutions to help the country move forward – development is a continuous learning process. One of the prerequisites needed to solve these challenges therefore lies in becoming politically aware of the fact that the nexus of issues and questions regarding transformation has shifted, and that this awareness can help define new targets, new self-conceptions and new practices. Moreover, time is running out to ensure a successful transformation of the current development model, particularly given the fact that the aim is to avoid irreversible damage to society, humanity and the environment.
Discussing possible alternative development paths and promoting joint research projects involving Chinese partners are essential aspects of the work carried out by the RLS in China. In this way, together with political actors, the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung aims to foster a discourse integrating various transformational challenges at an empirical and analytical level, reconstruct and critically develop existing concepts, and deploy an integrated approach to rethink and reshape society’s relationship with nature and social relations in general.
Based on such a shift in awareness, academics and political decision makers can then search for solutions that will pave the way for socio-ecological transformation at the local, national and regional level.
Dialogue for a Just and Peaceful World
Given current domestic and international tensions which are all too easily exacerbated by an unwillingness to communicate or compromise, it is absolutely crucial to maintain all open channels for dialogue and exchange.
As the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung shares a wide range of interests (in terms of both research and policy) with a variety of Chinese institutions and actors, it has the potential to become an important partner for, among other things, dialogue on international development. Together with partners from Chinese universities, research institutions and policy think tanks, it develops opportunities to assess past developments and discuss fresh political theories related to democratic socialism which are intended to make international relations more just and peaceful.