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).
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.
If 2011 witnessed the United States’ “return to the Asia-Pacific,” the focus of U.S. foreign policy in 2012 appears to be to promote its entire Asia-Pacific strategy through the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). In this context, what people need to understand is why the United States needs the TPP strategy and what impacts the TPP strategy will have for the United States, the Asia-Pacific region, and the rest of the world.
The situation in Asia has changed dramatically. We should be able to better understand the historical chances not only for Russian-Chinese bilateral relations, but also for regional and even global affairs.