"We must firmly develop a spirit of openness, expand exchanges and cooperation,
adhere to the principles of ‘hand in hand’, ‘do not open hands’, as well as ‘tear down
walls’ and not ‘build walls’ ..."…
On 7 September 2020, the Belarusian Institute for Strategic Research hosted the large-scale Belarusian-Chinese videoconference "Belarusian-Chinese Relations in the Context of Modern Geopolitical Turbulence".
The event was held within the framework of the ongoing expert dialogue of the BISR with foreign partners and demonstrated the keen interest of Chinese analysts in the current domestic and international agenda of the Republic of Belarus, development prospects of bilateral and interregional cooperation between our states.
The participants discussed the internal and external factors affecting the internal political turbulence and foreign policy crisis in Belarus, their consequences for regional and international security, joint steps of Minsk and Beijing to counter modern challenges, implementation of joint projects and strategic directions for the development of Belarusian-Chinese relations.
The attention of the expert community of the Celestial Empire to our country is indicated by a wide range of videoconference participants represented by nation-level analytical organisations (the Centre for Contemporary World Studies under the International Department of the CPC Central Committee, the Chinese Academy of Contemporary International Relations, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences) and those of regional significance (Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences), three of the more than 10 centres for Belarusian studies existing in China (East China Normal University in Shanghai, Sichuan University of Foreign Languages, Lanzhou University of Finance and Economics), as well as official representatives of the Foreign Affairs Office of the People’s Government of Gansu Province.
On behalf of the Belarusian part, in addition to BISR analysts, the videoconference was attended by representatives of the diplomatic corps of the Republic of Belarus in China (representatives of the Embassy, the Consulate General in Shanghai, the Consulate in Chongqing), director of the Centre for European Integration, political scientist Yu. V. Shevtsov, researchers from the Centre for International Studies of the Faculty of International Relations of the BSU.