The Gorchakov Fund and BSPU. A series of public lectures in Blagoveshchensk

03 November 2015

On November 3, the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund jointly with Administration for International Education and Cooperation of Blagoveshchensk State Pedagogical University (BSPU) held a series of lectures by leading Russian experts for students, teachers and high school students of Blagoveshchensk.


Head of the School of Asian Studies of the Research National University Higher School of Economics Professor Dr. Alexey Maslov presented a report on “Sustainability of internal development and globalization tendencies of China”.


During his presentation, the expert demonstrated dynamics of the GDP of China over the past 7 years. According to his data, the middle class in China included 75 mln people in 2005. Today, this social group has increased to 275 mln, which is  a double of its size in Russia.


Alexey Maslov spoke about both the problems of modern Chin and its crisis potential. He also covered Chongqing and Guangdong models of development.


Associate Professor of the American Studies Department of St. Petersburg State University Dr. Yana Leksyutina dedicated her lecture to a modern foreign policy of China. She reminded that major principles of that policy were decrease of China’s involvement in military conflicts and various tour de force operations, practicing the principle of non-intervention into other states’ internal affairs, and increase of Beijing’s presence in international organizations.


The series of open lectures were completed by Chief Research Fellow at the Center “Russia-China” of the RAS Institute of Far Eastern Studies Dr. Vladimir Petrovsky. When speaking about problems and prospects of Russian-Chinese trade-economic, financial and cross-border relations, he told about cooperation between the two countries in the field of trade, about the structure of their trade turnover, problems and prospects for coupling of the EEU and the Silk Road for Russia and China.


As it was reported, the delegation of Russian scientists participated in a roundtable together with colleagues from Beijing and Harbin, who specialize in Russian regional studies, in the border town of Heihe.

A full text of the article in Russian can be found here