Jan. 21, 2016

Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Arab League Headquarters. In his speech, he announced that China would initiate China-Arab Research Center on Reform and Development (CARC), aiming at further strengthening the exchanges of experience in the governance of country, reform and development, between China and Arab countries, to promote the China-Arab friendship and cooperation.

Apr. 20, 2016

CARC was established at Shanghai International Studies University.

Apr. 20 - Apr. 30, 2017

First general seminar for Arab Officials was organized.

Nov. 5, 2017

First meeting of Council and Committee of experts was held.

Nov. 6- Nov. 15, 2017

Second seminar for Arab youth officials was organized.

Apr. 17- Apr. 27, 2018

Third diplomatic seminar for Arab officials was organized.

Apr. 23, 2018

Co-organizing the first China-Arab Reform and Development Forum with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Apr. 25, 2018

Former Egyptian Prime Minister Issam Sharif and former Sudanese Speaker Fatah Zaile visitedCARC.

May 7, 2018

Sultan Mansuri, Ambassador of Qatar to China, visited the CARC.

May 9, 2018

CARC Office in Yangzhou was inaugurated.

May 5 - May 15, 2018

Fourth training seminar for Arab officials ( Syria Reconstruction and Development Seminar) was organized.

Jun. 10, 2018

Sino-Arab friendship and development prospects - China-Arab Cooperation Forum Achievements and Prospects Seminar was held in cooperation with China Foundation for International Studies.

Jul.10, 2018

President Xi Jinping delivered a speech at the opening of the eighth ministerial meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum,“the China-Arab Research Center on Reform and Development that I advocated has operated smoothly and become an ideological platform for exchange of experience in the reform and opening-up, and the country governance. In future, the Center is expected to function  more greatly in providing intellectual support for both sides.”

Jul. 20, 2018

Weng Tiehui, Vice Mayor of the Shanghai Municipal Government,  visited CARC.

Aug. 14, 2018

Ministry of Foreign Affairs convened the Inter-Ministerial Coordination Meeting of the eighth ministerial meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum to make requests for the work of the CARC. Assistant Foreign Minister Chen Xiaodong attended the meeting and delivered a speech.

Sept. 20, 2018

Vice Minister of Education, Tian Xuejun, listened to the work report of CARC and made important instructions.

Oct. 1, 2018

WeChat public account of  CARC  was put into operation.

Oct. 12, 2018

Second meeting of the first Council and Expert Committee of CARC  was held in Yangzhou.

Oct. 17, 2018

Reception of Kuwaiti think tank and media delegations.

Oct. 21 - Oct. 31, 2018

Fifth seminar for Arab officials - Reform and Development Special Session was organized.

Oct. 25, 2018

Shanghai International Studies University signed a cooperation agreement with the China Foundation for International Studies.

Oct. Nov., 2018

CARC official website in Chinese and Arabic was on line.

Nov. 12 - Nov.18, 2018

Reception of the Saudi Knowledge Research and Exchange Center delegation in Shanghai and Beijing.

Dec. 3, 2018

Reception of mainstream  media delegation of Qatar.

Dec.7-Dec.15, 2018

Director and President Li Yansong ; Vice Director, Professor Wang Youyong; Executive Director, Professor Wang Guangda, visited Qatar and Algeria for exchanges.

January 2019

The Seminar “China-Arab Friendship Cooperation and Development Prospects” jointly organized by CARC and the China Foundation for International Studies was granted the “China International Studies Foundation 2018 Public Diplomacy Award”.


March 9-17, 2019

The Sixth Arab States Officials Training Course - Yemen Diplomatic Officials Seminar was organized.

April 9-11, 2019

Professor Zhu Weilie, Director of the Central Experts Committee, headed a delegation of SISU to Saudi Arabia to attend the first Asian Arab Congress.

June 4, 2019

Kuang Weilin, the former head of the People’s Republic of China in the AU mission and the ambassador of the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, was invited as a special researcher of CARC.


June 13 - June 22, 2019

The Seventh Arab States Officials Seminar for the Arab Republic of Syria was organized.

June 12, 2019

The Kuwaiti Youth Delegation visited SISU and CARC.

June 14, 2019

CARC MA and PhD Candidates on Chinese Studies Visited Shanghai Electric Group

June 25-July 2, 2019

The First China-Arab Political Party Seminar with the theme of “Building the Belt and Road: The Responsibility of Political Parties” was organized.

June 28, 2019

The President of Lebanese University Fayed Ayub and the head of the Chinese Research Project Ahmed Marley visited SISU. Jiang Feng, Secretary of the Party Committee of SISU, and Li Yansong, President of SISU, met with the guests respectively to discuss the cooperation between China and Lebanon, also the cultural exchanges between China and Arab countries.

September 13, 2019

The Algerian media delegation led by Prof. Semel Debeche, President of the Algeria-China Friendship Association, visited CARC and conducted in-depth discussions on cultural exchanges between China and Algeria.

September 6-15, 2019

A delegation of young cadres from the Oman government visited CARC to promote the interconnection of Chinese and Arab youths as the messenger of cultural exchanges between China and Arab countries.

September 17, 2019

The Eighth Arab National Officials Seminar was held. This seminar is a training course for 18 officials from various departments of the Arab League.

September 24, 2019

The Brookings Institution's Doha Center Scholars visited CARC, and the two sides conducted in-depth exchanges on strengthening think tank cooperation and sharing China's development experience.

October 18-27, 2019
The 9th Arab Officials Seminar was held. This seminar was for Syrian officials. 29 officials from various departments of the Syrian government participated in the seminar.


October 28, 2019
Ali Abdullah Moussa, Secretary-General of the International Arabic Language Commission and Chairman of the Arab Thought Fund, visited CARC.


November 1, 2019
Headed by Namat Mustapha, chief reporter of Sudan Vision, 9 representatives of 5 Sudanese mainstream media visited CARC.


November 11-12, 2019
Ibrahim Mohamed Faisal, Adviser to the Iraqi Foreign Minister, Former Lieutenant General of the Naval Staff, and member of the multi-disciplinary negotiation team, visited CARC and held two think tank lectures:Significance of Iraq's Faro Port to World Trade and Its Possibility of Linking to the Maritime Silk Road; Possibility of Closing the Strait of Hormuz and Future Options.


November 11, 2019
A 15-member delegation of Iraq ’s “House of Wisdom” visited CARC. The two sides conducted in-depth discussions on the specific areas and paths of the “Belt and Road” co-construction by China and Iraq, as well as the think tanks cooperation that the Center and the “House of Wisdom” can carry out in the future.


November 12-13, 2019
Professor Wang Guangda, Scholar from the Center, attended the 14th Conference on Prosperity of the Middle East Economy and delivered a speech.


November 20, 2019
Mustafa Savage, Director of Al Jazeera Network; Saladin, Director of the Al Jazeera Research Center, and Nasser Al Jazeera’s Beijing branch correspondent visited CARC. The two sides exchanged views on the principles of China's reform and development, China-Arab joint construction of the Belt and Road, and China-Arab people-to-people exchanges.


November 18-25, 2019
The 10th Arab Officials Seminar was held at Songjiang Campus of SISU. This seminar consists of 31 government officials from 16 Arab countries. During the seminar, all participants were invited to Beijing to participate in the first Middle East Security Forum to discuss issues such as fairness and justice, multilateralism, development for security, and civilizations dialogue.

December 18, 2019
Kuwaiti media delegation headed by Yusuf Marzug, editor-in-chief of Kuwait News, visited CARC, Professor Zhu Weilie, Director of the Expert Committee of the Center; Professor Wang Youyong, Deputy Director of the Center; Professor Ding Jun of Middle East Institute, and associate researcher Bao Chengzhang exchanged ideas with the delegation. The two sides conducted in-depth discussions on the progress of the Belt and Road Initiative and the potential for cooperation between China and Kuwait.

December 27, 2019
Chen Baosheng, Secretary of the Party Group and Minister of the Ministry of Education of PRC, visited CARC.