7th East Asian Conference on Slavic-Eurasian Studies held


 The 7th East Asian Conference on Slavic-Eurasian Studies is held at ECNU.

The Center for Russian Studies (CRS) and School of Advanced International and Area Studies (SAIAS) at ECNU co-hosted the 7th East Asian Conference on Slavic-Eurasian Studies at the university's Zhongshan Road North campus on September 24-25. 

More than 160 scholars from 16 countries, such as Japan, South Korea, Russia, Britain, and the United States, made presence at the conference, themed "New Opportunities and New Challenges in the Greater Eurasia."  CRS director Prof.Feng Shaolei chaired the opening ceremony.

Zhou Aoying

Georges Mink

Li Yongquan

In a congratulatory letter to the conference, former State Councilor Dai Bingguo said Eurasia has been occupying an important position in the world and exerting greater influence in international politics. The future internal cooperation between the eastern, middle and western part of the region leaves the world great room for imagination, which caught the eyes of world powers. China proposed the New Silk Road initiative while other big powers, such as Russia, the United States and European countries, made their own proposals regarding regional cooperation. Dai pointed out that a peaceful, stable, prosperous, open, tolerant, trustworthy and innovative Eurasia fits in the interests of every country in the world.

Zhang Deguang gives a keynote speech.

Vice ECNU president Zhou Aoying; Prof. Georges Mink, chairman of the International Council for Central and EastEuropean Studies; and Prof. Li Yongquan, chairman of the Chinese Association of Russia, East Asia and Middle Asia Studies, delivered opening speeches, introducing the significance of the forum, the latest research and ECNU's achievements in the field.

During the conference, Zhang Deguang, former Chinese Ambassador to Russia and first secretary-general of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, gave a keynote speech titled "The Peace and Development of Great-Eurasia". The lecture was chaired by ECNU former vice president Fan Jun, chair of Shanghai Association for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies.

The opening ceremony comprised a special roundtable meeting, at which Prof. Victor Larin, director of the Institute of History, Archaeology and Ethnography of the Peoples of Far East, FEB RAS, Russia; Prof.Richard Sakwa with the University of Kent, the UK; Prof. Kent E. Calder with the Johns Hopkins University, the USA; Prof. Kimitaka Matsuzato with Tokyo University; and CRS director Feng Shaolei exchanged views the prospect of new continentalism and regional integration.

During the conference, attendees discussed 27 topics in panels, such as the New Silk Road economic belt, modern Russian politics and society, relations, energy, economy, education, history and culture of Eurasian countries.

Sapporo and Osaka of Japan, Seoul of South Korea, Beijing, and Calcutta of India had hosted the annual East Asian Conference on Slavic-Eurasian Studies, which was first held in 2009.

Source: China News Service


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