Chief Researcher with the Center for Global Challenges Studies, Xinhua News Agency; Chief Researcher at the Institute for Social Development of Eurasia (the Center for Development Research under the State Council of the People's Republic of China). Member of the Valdai Discussion Club.
Previous positions: translator, style editor and editor at Xinhua News Agency (1964-2002), correspondent and Deputy Chief at Xinhua, Moscow (1978-2000).
Research interests: Russia and the CIS countries, international relations in general.
Selected publications: books: “How to be a Translator for Mass Media”, “Eyewitnesses of Sudden Events”, “Round-the-World Tour”, “Chinese Neighbors”; articles: “The New Kingdom of Three: China, Russia, USA”, “Russian National Projects”, “Russian Ideologies”, “The Rise of Russia”, “Medvedev – Happy and Not So Much”, “Has Obama Rebooted the Relationship with Russia?”, “System of Collective Security for Russia”, “Will Belarus Find Happiness without Russia?”, “How Russia is Overcoming the Economic Crisis”.
The majority of the Valdai Club members are western experts, who are critical about Russia’s political institutions, the role of the ruling party, and the role Vladimir Putin plays in Russia. One may notice that the situation with the national security of Russia became much better, and the same goes for Russia’s relations with neighboring countries.
Why did Putin win? First, he had many advantages over other candidates. Second, in his two previous presidential terms he scored impressive achievements. In particular, he curtailed separatist trends in the country, pushing back against the substantial gains made by separatists in Dagestan and Chechnya.
The 2012 APEC summit in Vladivostok will be one of the year’s major international events. Russia’s time as APEC chair is an opportunity to demonstrate its leading role in the Asia-Pacific region, especially Northeast Asia.
Putin has chosen the right time to promote his idea of the Eurasian Union and a common Eurasian space. The Warsaw summit on the Eastern partnership project attended by EU member states and Eastern European countries ended in failure not long before.
China and Russia will not ship oil and gas across a transit country. Both countries have a solid international reputation in terms of their solvency and credit worthiness. They do not need to fear potential “gas wars,” such as those that marred Russia’s relations with Ukraine and Belarus.
During its ten years of existence, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) has played a major role in enhancing regional security and stability. Due to its participation in the SCO, China has accrued considerable benefits, including improved security and regional relations, as well as stability at its northern border with Russia and its northwestern border in Central Asia.