Jean Monnet Chair Professor, Director of the Institute of International Affairs and Director of the Centre for European Studies at Renmin University of China.
He is an expert advisor of the CCPIT Advisory Committee and Turkish TRT World Forum, as well as a Council Member of the China Centre for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE) and Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs (CPIFA). He was formerly a diplomat at the Chinese Mission to the European Union (2008-2011) and a distinguished professor at Tongji University (2011-2013), professor of the Centre for American Studies at Fudan University (2001-2008), visiting professor at Yonsei University (2005) and Fox Fellow of Yale University (2000-2001). His main research interests include Belt & Road Studies, European Integration, Public Diplomacy, Chinese foreign policy, and EU-China relations. His recent books include The Decline of Modern Civilisation and the Dawn of a Community of a Shared Future for Humankind, An Interconnected World: China and the Belt and Road Initiative, China Connects the World: What’s Behind the Belt & Road Initiative (translated into 15 versions), New World Press, April. 2017; The Belt & Road Initiative: What China Will Offer the World in Its Rise (translated in 20 versions, both book of year 2015, 2016), Haishang: Revelations of European Civilisation (both in Chinese and English) and China NATO Studies Series. He was invited to give keynote speech on the BRI at UNESCO and a side event of the UN General Assembly. He’s attended over 1,000 forums and conferences, such as the BRI International Cooperation Forum, Munich Security Conference, Shangri-La Dialogue, Valdai Club Forum, Boao Asia Forum, Wilton Park conference, Stockholm China Forum, Berlin Diplomatic Forum and World Government Summit. He is a frequent guest interviewee of the South China Morning Post, Russia Today, CCTV/CGTN, BBC, New York Times and other media.