Valdai Discussion Club holds session at campus


A seminar was held to discuss the status quo and prospect of the cooperation between China and Russia from March 25 and 26 at ECNU. 

Valdai Discussion Club holds a session at campus.

More than 60 Chinese and Russian experts took part in the one-day-and-a-half meeting, which was co-organized by the Center for Russian Studies of ECNU and the Russian Valdai Discussion Club, and presided over by Prof. Feng Shaolei, Head of the ECNU center. The center is included in the Chinese Ministry of Education's program of the Key Research Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences at Universities.

Cheng Guoping, former Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs and a counterterrorism commissioner of China, and Andrei Bystritsky, Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Club, introduced the club and significance of the meeting in their speeches at the opening ceremony.

Tong Shijun

Cheng Guoping

Andrei Bystritsky

Feng Shaolei

Participants canvassed bilateral relations between China and Russia, global and regional safety challenges the two countries face, their stances and cooperation in global and regional governance, and the cooperation between countries along the Silk Road economic belt and EU.

Chairman of the University Council, Tong Shijun, briefed the guests about the achievements of the Center for Russian Studies of ECNU, saying the center highlights both basic research and decision-making consultation research, and sticks to the strategy of international and multi-subject combination research. He said he ascertained the seminar will inject new vigor to the future development of Sino-Russia relations.

The Valdai Discussion Club was established in 2004. It is named after Lake Valdai, which is located close to Veliky Novgorod, where the club’s first meeting took place. The intellectual potential of the club is highly regarded both in Russia and abroad. More than 1,000 representatives of the international scholarly community from 62 countries have taken part in the club’s work. 

This year's seminar was the fourth undertaken by the Center for Russian Studies of ECNU since 2010.


East China Normal University