Think Tank
Valdai Club to Discuss Fate of China’s Belt and Road Project Amid Our ‘New Reality’
List of speakers

On May 7, at 11:00, the Valdai Discussion Club, in partnership with the Centre for Russian Studies at the East China Normal University (Shanghai), will host an online conference, titled “Economic Consequences of Coronavirus: The Belt and Road Initiative Amid New World Conditions.”

China was the first victim of the novel coronavirus, and suffered immense human and economic losses. In exactly the same way, the country first began to recover and return to normal life, including with respect to the economy.

The actively promoted Chinese Belt and Road initiative turned out in difficult condition. The task of the large-scale project is to develop economic and social cohesion throughout the world, and it is that which is now under threat.

Obviously, rehabilitation procedures will be required by both national economies and regional markets.

Will closing borders between neighbours become a stress test of economic interdependence? What are the prospects for the further development of regional infrastructure interconnections? How will the new world situation affect the Belt and Road initiative and Eurasia as a whole?


  • Feng Shaolei, Professor, Director of Center for Russian Studies, Director of Center for Co-development with Neighboring Countries, East China Normal University, Shanghai;

  • Adil Kaukenov, Director of the Centre for Chinese Studies (Kazakhstan);

  • Alexander Lomanov, Chief Researcher at the Primakov Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), RAS;

  • Fyodor Lukyanov, Research Director of the Valdai Discussion Club;

  • Djoomart Otorbaev, Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic in 2014–2015 (Kyrgyzstan);

  • QU Wenyi, Professor, Center for Russian Studies, East China Normal University, Shanghai;

  • Wang Gangyi, Senior Fellow, Academy of Contemporary China and World Studies, Former Vice President, China International Publishing Group;

  • Zhang Yansheng, Senior Research Fellow of the Academic Committee of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), and Principal Researcher of the China Centre for International Economic Exchanges (Beijing).


Working languages: Russian, Chinese

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