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NADS Held Master Lecture—Shi Yinhong: Exploring China Foreign Strategy

On May 22, the Master Lecture “Exploring China Foreign Strategy”, organized by National Academy of Development and Strategy of Renmin University of China was held in Room 228, Guoxue Hall. In this lecture, Professor Shi Yinhong, Professor of the School of International Studies at Renmin University of China and Research Fellow at NADS, was invited as the guest speaker. The lecture was moderated and commented by Zuo Xiying, an Associate Professor of the School of International Studies and Research Fellow at NADS, RUC.

Professor Shi Yinhong first elaborated his views on the urgent issues of China’s foreign strategy and the strategic needs that still need it. At the beginning of the lecture, he pointed out that the primary difficulty of China’s foreign strategy lies in the DPRK issue and the Sino-US trade war. With regard to the trade war between China and the United States, we must recognize that there is an existing global order, and that globalization must be built on strengths to avoid weaknesses and be transformed and renewed so as to achieve true sustainability. Regarding how to solve this problem, he believes that it should be more fair and balanced in favor of developing countries and that it needs to make appropriate adjustments in the light of growing complaints from developed countries in order to strive for internal recovery of indispensable social and political foundation in these countries. With regard to the prospects for external strategies in the new era of socialism with Chinese characteristics, Professor Shi proposed three ideas: First, President Xi led China to vigorously expand and deepen China’s active participation in the global political economy and global governance, including seeking China’s leading role in certain fields. Second, it strives for greater economic advantage and diplomatic superiority of China in Asia continent and beyond. Third, it strives to establish China's strategic/military advantage in the west area of Western Pacific. Finally, Professor Shi concluded that in the long run, the most important thing for China is to grasp the overall situation, clarify the bottom line, and keep the bottom line. The bottom line is to first of all manage China's own domestic affairs.

Zuo Xiying commented on the lecture. Professor Shi Yinhong also answered the questions raised by the students with patience and meticulously, and communicated in depth with the students present at the meeting to further explain his views.