Asia and Eurasia
Presentation of the Valdai Club Report at the Eastern Economic Forum 2022
Far Eastern Federal University, Building A, Level 11, Roscongress Club, Vladivostok
List of speakers

On September 6 at 12:30 local time (GMT+10), the Valdai Club will present a report at EEF-2022, titled “Russia-China Strategic Partnership in the Context of the Crisis in Europe”.

The Valdai Club, with the participation of employees of the HSE Centre for Comprehensive European and International Studies, became the first research centre in Russia to conduct an in-depth analysis of Russian-Chinese relations following the start of Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine. The main purpose of the report is to analyse how the dynamics of bilateral relations have changed, to establish the limits of the influence of Western sanctions on the interaction between Moscow and Beijing, and the instruments and scope of interaction between the parties at the present time.

Against the backdrop of the increasingly unfriendly behaviour of the United States and other Western countries, as well as their attempts to impose their vision of the world order, the partnership between Moscow and Beijing has taken on a new meaning. US House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan brought noticeable instability to Sino-American relations. According to Chinese Foreign Ministry statements, the US has violated the status quo in the region.

According to the authors of the report, the developments of recent months have dispelled arguments about the “fragility” of relations between Russia and China; they have shown that the parties share a common strategic vision and a willingness to support each other. At the same time, maintaining the entire volume of economic relations, even with such an important partner as China, is not an existential issue for Moscow. The dynamics of interaction between China and Russia in recent months is not related to the Ukrainian crisis, but follows from the natural state of a long-term strategic partnership, the report emphasises.

At the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that efforts to build relations with China are not simply the result of the current political situation; Russia seeks interesting and mutually beneficial cooperation with China. In turn, Chinese President Xi Jinping, in a recent telephone conversation with the President of Russia, stressed that “China is ready for close strategic cooperation with Russia, providing mutual support, and taking into account the key interests of both sides regarding sovereignty and national security.” Thus, the strategic partnership between Moscow and Beijing is systematic and has reached a new level in recent months.

The team of authors has done extensive work, drawing on the latest economic and political data, providing the most complete characterisation of bilateral relations between Russia and China. As part of the presentation, the key findings of the report will be announced.

  • Anastasia Likhacheva, Dean of the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs, HSE University;
  • Evgeny Markin, Executive Director of the Russian-Chinese Business Council
  • Wang Wen, Executive Dean of Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies (RDCY), Deputy Dean of Silk Road School, Renmin University of China
  • Andrey Bystritskiy, Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for Development and Support of th Valdai Discussion Club

Working language: Russian, English.

Venue: Far Eastern Federal University, Building A, Level 11, Roscongress Club, Vladivostok

Entrance to the event is open to EEF participants and journalists accredited at the Forum.