The Russian-Chinese conference “Cooperation between China and Russia: The Process and Prospects” in Shanghai

Valdai_Discussion_ClubOn March 25-26 March, 2016 in Shanghai (China) the director of the Russian APEC Study Center of RANEPA Natalia Stapran participated in the Russian-Chinese conference: The Process and Prospects, where reported within the section “The Silk Road Economic Belt and cooperation in the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union”.

Among the significant issues, which were defined during discussion by participants – constraining factors for confluence policy and opportunities of Russia and China cooperation in Eurasia, the vector of which depends on rapidly changing international context. Despite the fact that the projects are concentrated on different missions – creation of common market for the Eurasian Economic Union and infrastructural development for the Silk Road Economic Belt, these objectives do not contradict each other. Experts stressed the importance of dynamic development of joint activities, based on the uniform standards. Besides, within the session the idea of tripartite China-Russia-USA cooperation, the role of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in the development of the Russian-Chinese relations, possible barriers for the Eurasian Economic Union and the Silk Road Economic Belt were also mentioned.

Also during the conference the attention of the experts were paid to such aspects as the role of soft power in cooperation between Russia and China, the need to work on transparency and openness of the information background, disadvantages in the existing system of bilateral relations, the necessity to restructure the economic ties (the first session). Global and regional terrorist threats, prospects of cooperation between Russia and China on joint security management (the second session), and also the interaction of the sides on the issues of global and regional managements (the third session) were raised during debates.

The organizers of the conference are the Valdai Discussion Club and one of the leading Chinese research institutes – the Center for Russian Studies at the East China Normal University (ECNU).


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