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Delegation of RUC Attends the 2017 Chinese Plenary Session of Sino-Russian Committee of Friendship, Peace and Development

On December 20, 2017, the 2017 Chinese Plenary Session of Sino-Russian Committee of Friendship, Peace and Development was held in Diaoyutai State Guesthouse. The meeting summarized the achievement of the committee in 2017 and planned for the future work in 2018.

In attendance were Dai Bingguo, former state councilor, Chinese president of Sino-Russian Committee of Friendship, Peace and Development, Li Huilai, assistant foreign minister, and 150 members and representatives of 16 councils in the committee. Zhang Xiaojing, director of the International Office, RUC, and Guan Xueling, director of the Russian Research Center of Renmin University of China – St. Petersburg State University, party Secretary of the School of Economics, RUC, attended the committee as representatives of Educational Council of Sino-Russian Committee of Friendship, Peace and Development.

President Dai Bingguo appreciated the achievement of the committee in 2017 and hoped that the committee and councils should follow the guidelines of the central government towards Russia, and implement the spirit of the 19th CPC National Congress in order to deepen the Sino-Russian cooperation on the local level and make a contribution to a better Sino-Russian relationship.

Assistant foreign minister Li Huilai introduced the development situation of Sino-Russian relationship and its achievements accomplished in every field in 2017. He stressed that the work of the committee opened a new door for Sino-Russian non-governmental exchanges and hopefully the committee could take advantage of its role of a communicational channel to move forward the Sino-Russian relationship towards a higher level.

The Chinese Secretariat summarized the main working results of the committee in 2017 and the representatives of the 16 councils summed up the work of the past year and put forward the work plan for next year. They also exchanged their thoughts and experience on the conference.

Director Guan Xueling delivered a speech representing the Educational Council. She pointed that the Educational Council is the product of those united universities which could provide guidelines for the development of Sino-Russian cooperation in terms of education, science and culture. She generalized the main achievements of the Educational Council from three dimensions, namely personnel exchanges, cultural exchanges, and think tanks cooperation. Up till now, the Educational Council has established friendly cooperative relationships with Moscow State University, Saint Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg State University of Finance, and other famous Russian Universities, aiming to train talents together. Secondly, the council set up a number of high-end, fruitful, and influential academic brand activities, such as “Sino-Russian Advanced Economic Forum”, “Eurasian Lecture Hall”, “Central Asia Salon” and other culture-exchanging events. As for think tanks cooperation, on May 2017, the council published Russian Economic and Political Development Report (2016), written by experts and scholars from both China and Russia. It also published the Chinese version of The Putin Family, written by Alexander Putin, cousin of Vladimir Putin, President of Russia. Director Guan then moved to the plan of the council in the next year and stressed that the Educational Council will change its focus from extension to connotation and features, from the short-term rapid growth to both short-term and long-term effect. Meanwhile, the council will also strengthen its institutional construction and make more contribution to the development of Sino-Russian friendship.

During the speech of director Guan Xueling, president Dai Bingguo asked several questions and affirmed the work of the Educational Council. He mentioned that “Eurasian Lecture Hall" is an important platform for academic exchanges. It has played a significant role in private diplomacy, which actively promotes the cultural exchanges between China and Russia. In this sense, the council should move on to expand the influence of “Eurasian Lecture Hall”, build up its branding effect, promote its international reputation, step up its cooperation with relevant Russian institutions, and invite distinguished personnel from political, academic and business areas of the two countries to make speeches.

In attendance were also Dong Hongchuan, vice president of Sichuan International Studies University, Bao Ou, technology director of Institute of Sino-Russian Strategic Cooperation, Yuan Yilin, head of European Department, International Office, Renmin University of China, Yuan Yuan, lecturer of School of Russia, Beijing Foreign Studies University, and Zhang Yichuan, project specialist at International Office, Beijing Institute of Technology.

The Sino-Russian committee was established in 1997 under the proposal of the two countries' heads of state with a view to deepening understanding and friendship and promoting the good neighborly cooperation between China and Russia.

The Education Council is a non-governmental organization established at Renmin University of China on November 23, 2016, with the guidance and support of the Committee to conduct exchanges and cooperation in education towards Russia. At present, the governing units include 11 Chinese universities including Renmin University of China, Peking University, Tsinghua University, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Heilongjiang University and Shanghai International Studies University. Its secretariat is located at Renmin University of China. The purpose of the Education Council is to promote understanding and friendship between the educational communities in the two countries and to promote humanities exchanges and educational cooperation between China and Russia through the academic exchange activities in the field of higher education so as to make contributions to the smooth development of China-Russia all-round strategic partnership of coordination.