22 december 2016
Second International Conference “Russia and China: Taking on a New Quality of Bilateral Relations”. Event Report
On May 30-31, 2016 Russian International Affairs Council held the Second International Conference titled “Russia and China: Taking on a New Quality of Bilateral Relations”. Senior officials, academics, experts on various aspects of bilateral relations, as well as representatives of businesses and media from both Russia and China took part in the Conference. The participants of the event assessed Russia–China collaboration dynamics, identified joint achievements of bilateral collaboration and addressed key challenges to its development, as well as brought forward proposals aimed at strengthening strategic partnership between Russia and China to be presented to the political leadership of the two states.
Recently, Russia–China interaction has reached an unprecedentedly high level of strategic partnership and mutual trust, as the countries created new opportunities for an open dialogue on a broad range of topical issues. The plenary and expert sessions of the Conference discussed priority areas of Russia–China bilateral and multilateral cooperation. Particular attention was given to coordinating Russia and China’s efforts channeled into developing global governance institutions and ensuring security in Northeast Asia, to the prospects for interaction within the Russia – India – China triangle, to the issues of infrastructure and economic cooperation in Eurasia, to the impact both internal and external factors have on the quality and volume of the Russia-China trade, to the prospects for implementing bilateral projects in education and culture, in the media sphere, and to the joint search for solutions to the current environmental problems.
RIAC’s Second International Conference “Russia and China: Taking on a New Quality of Bilateral Relations” continued the fruitful dialogue started in 2015. The Conference evolved into a platform for a regular exchange of opinions on the topical issues of Russia–China relations. As such a platform, the Conference also offers an opportunity to engage both Russian and Chinese experts in the discussion. The Conference brought together over 500 representatives of the governmental and business circles, leading experts from Russia and China, the EAEU and EU countries, the US, Japan, the Republic of Korea, India, Australia, and also around 70 journalists from 35 Russian and foreign media outlets. Full list of speakers, videos and presentations are available at the Conference page: russiancouncil.ru/en/rucn2016.
RIAC is grateful to the partners and participants of the Conference and highly values the ideas put forward at the event. This publication was largely based on the recommendations of the participants of the event.
“Second International Conference “Russia and China: Taking on a New Quality of Bilateral Relations”. Event Report,” Russian International Affairs Council, 22 December 2016, http://russiancouncil.ru/en/inner/?id_4=8475
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