The Chinese government will build a sustainable mechanism for senior foreign experts to give suggestions for China's development, said the country's top official in charge of foreign experts' affairs.
Zhang Jianguo, head of the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, said his administration aims to promote its foreign experts recommendation project, which was launched last year, into a new "think tank" for the central leadership.
Zhang made the remarks on Thursday to some 30 participants, including foreign experts and officials from his administration, at a working conference on the project held in Qingdao, Shandong province.
Liu Yanguo, deputy head of the administration, said that more than 50 foreign experts have participated in the discussion to draft 12 proposals that have been submitted to the State Council, China's cabinet. Three of the advisers are Nobel Prize winners, he said.
All the proposals address important topics on China's social and economic development and some have received positive feedback from the central leadership, he added.
For instance, Jeffrey Lehman, the founding deputy chancellor of New York University Shanghai, proposed a paper to reform China's public universities earlier this year, and later his proposal was presented to President Xi Jinping, Liu said.
Now his proposal has caught the attention of the Ministry of Education as the ministry is undertaking China's reform on public universities.