Dean, School of Advanced International and Area Studies (SAIAS), East China Normal University; Director, Centre for Russian Studies, East China Normal University; Member of the Sino-Russian Committee of Friendship, Peace and Development; Editor-in-Chief for the core journal “Russian Studies”. Member of the Valdai Discussion Club Advisory Board.
Research interests: Russian history; international relations history; political thought history and culture.
Selected publications: “Russia in the 20th Century“, (2007);“Transition Era“ (2005);“Domestic Transition and Foreign Relations: Russia since 1992“ (1997).
With the world’s political and economic focus gradually shifting to the Asia-Pacific region, bilateral relations between China and Russia are facing new challenges and opportunities. For both China and Russia, the current changes may have a more profound impact on and significance for readjusting their development strategies than any changes that took place in previous decades.
I believe that the Valdai Club can continue to make progress, benefitting not only experts but also national leaders, because it is a very good opportunity and a platform with a comfortable atmosphere. You can address your questions to the presidents and other Russian leaders openly and directly.
The commitment to improve their people’s livelihood, which all Chinese, American and Russian leaders have repeatedly expressed during the election year, apparently will become an vital fulcrum in promoting Sino-U.S relationship, Sino-Russian relationship and Russia-U.S. relationship.
Russia’s future development primarily depends on how its economic development is organized. Also, it depends on how it responds and contributes to a more stable society, how harmonized its relationships are with the neighbours and with some great powers.
The special significance of 2012 lies in the fact that political elections in countries like the United States, Russia, France, Egypt, China and some regions will have a further impact on a world already full of turmoil and upheaval.