2 September 2019

Academic Conference on Russian-Chinese Relations to Be Held on Opening Day of EEF 2019

The International Academic Conference on Russian-Chinese Relations will be held with the support of the Roscongress Foundation on 3 September in Vladivostok as part of the starting day of the 5th Eastern Economic Forum.

The Conference is being organized by the Russian Historical Society and the History of the Fatherland Foundation and will be the largest academic event in Russia dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Peoples Republic of China. Leading Russian and Chinese historians and heads of universities, research institutes, and academic centres will take part in the Conference.

The Conference will kick off with an official opening and plenary session (Conference Hall 4, 10:00). The co-chairs of the Conference, member of the History of the Fatherland Foundation Board, State Hermitage General Director, and Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences Mikhail Piotrovsky and Far Eastern Federal University Rector Nikita Anisimov, will take part in the plenary session. Welcoming addresses will be delivered by Russian Historical Society Presidium member and History of the Fatherland Foundation Executive Director Konstantin Mogilevsky and Roscongress Foundation Deputy CEO and EEF Director Igor Pavlov. China will be represented by Vice President of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Chinese History Research Institute Director Gao Xiang and Vice President of the Association of Former Diplomats of China and Professor of the Diplomatic Academy Zhao Weiping.

The plenary session programme will also include speeches by Chairman of the Russian Historical Society, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Joint University MSU PPI in Shenzhen Sergey Shakhrai, who will present a report on the topic: Development of Russian-Chinese cooperation in higher education. The experience of creating and operating the Shenzhen MSU-BIT University, and Scientific Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences Vitaly Naumkin. Director of the Institute of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Sun Zhuangzhi will deliver a speech on the topic: A New Era in the Strategic Partnership of Russia and China: New Spheres and New Content. Director of the Department of International Relations at the Higher School of Economics Alexander Lukin will also speak about the Russian-Chinese strategic partnership and the structure of international relations.

Following the plenary session, the opening ceremony will be held for an historical and documentary exhibition dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the Peoples Republic of China. The exhibition, which includes archival documents and photographs, recounts the 400-year history of the development of a dialogue between two cultures and two civilizations Russia and China. Russian Historical Society Presidium member and History of the Fatherland Foundation Executive Director Konstantin Mogilevsky and Federal Archival Agency Deputy Director Andrey Yurasov will open the exhibition.

The Сonference participants will then continue to work in workshops.

The workshop History of Russian-Chinese relations will feature presentations by: Director of the Centre for Integrated Sinology and Regional Projects at MGIMO (University) of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Alexey Voskresensky, who will talk about gaps and problematic issues in Russian-Chinese and Soviet-Chinese relations; and Director of the Centre for Russian Studies at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences Pan Dawei, who will give a speech on the topic: Development of pragmatic cooperation: A review of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Russia.

During the workshop The current state of Russian-Chinese Relations: Political aspects, Russian Historical Society Board Member, Advisor to the Russian Minister of Education, and President of Russian State University for the Humanities Yefim Pivovar will deliver a report on the topic: Chinese studies at Russian State University for the Humanities. History and modernity, while Director-General of the Institute of World Economics and Politics at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Zhang Yuyan will give a speech titled: The 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Russia: The study of errors, the choice of the path, and prospects for the development of bilateral relations.

Participants in the workshop The current state of Russian-Chinese relations: Economics and culture will include Director of the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts at the Russian Academy of Sciences Irina Popova, who will present a report titled: Russian collections of Chinese manuscripts and books, and Director of the World Economy Institute at the Shanghai Academy of International Studies Li Xin, who will deliver a report: The current stage of Chinese-Russian trade and economic relations.

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