"Reshaping Eurasian Space: Common Perspectives from China, Russia and Kazakhstan think tanks." Presentation of Joint Report of the Valdai Club and China and Kazakhstan Think Tanks


On May 16, Beijing hosted the Russian-Chinese analytical seminar "China-Russia Cooperation and the Future of the One Belt, One Road Initiative." The seminar was organized by Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China and the Valdai Discussion Club. During the seminar was presented the international analytical report "Transformation of the Eurasian space: general perspectives in the presentations of the analytical centers of China, Russia and Kazakhstan", a six months work. This report was the first of its kind in the collective work of researchers from Russia, China and Kazakhstan, dedicated to the practice of integration processes on the Eurasian continent.

The participants of the discussion were representatives of authoritative analytical centers of Russia and the PRC - He Yafei, former Deputy Foreign Minister of China, Wang Wen, director of the Institute for Financial Studies of the Chinese Renmin  University , Timofei Bordachev, programme director of the Valdai Discussion Club, Chen Xiaochen, Director of the Department of the International Studies, Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University, Chen Cenci, macro research  department, Renmin University of China, Andrey Sushentsov, programme director of the Valdai Discussion club. The moderator of the seminar was Zhang Shengjun, Senior Fellow of RDCY, Deputy Director of Global Governance Research Centerat RDCY(GGRC).

At the center of the expert discussion were the prospects of conjugation of the EAEU the OBOR Chinese initiative. Professor Wang Wen noted, in particular, that the Russian-Chinese partnership is based on trusted friendly relations, despite the challenges of development and stability that both states face. The Chinese participants of the seminar expressed hope for further deepening of trade and economic relations between Russia and China, as well as in the zone of common neighborhood of the two countries. Russian experts noted that the OBOR initiative corresponds to the interests of Russia's security, since it is able to provide new jobs and political stability in the states of Central Asia. Experts expressed opinion that the high level of political relations between the two countries needs to be supplemented by comparable economic ties. At the same time, participants stressed that a significant achievement of bilateral relations is that Russia and China are discussing ways to deepen cooperation, rather than resolving conflicts.

Based on the results of the seminar, the participants discussed the prospects for cooperation between Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China, and the Valdai Discussion Club in the field of research on problems of stability and development in Eurasia.

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