On December 7–8, the Valdai Discussion Club hosts the 12th Asian Conference, titled “Russia and Asia in a Changing World Order”. The conference was opened by Andrey Bystritskiy, Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club, and Alexey Ovchinnikov, Director, Asian and Pacific Cooperation Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. The first session, which took place on December 7 and was open to media, was titled “The Pandemic: Development and International Politics in Asia”. Sungbae An, Director, International Macroeconomics and Finance Department, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (online); Wang Wen, Professor, Executive Dean Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China (online); Dino Patti Djalal, Founder and President, Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia; Igor Makarov, Head of the School of World Economy and Laboratory for Economics of Climate Change, National Research University Higher School of Economics, participated. The session was moderated by Tsogtbaatar Damdin, Member of the Parliament of Mongolia; Head of Mongolian Delegation, OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.