Inaugural Ceremony and Forum on China in a Global Perspective: A Dialogue

Professor Timothy Colton
(Morris and Anna Feldberg Professor of Government and Russian Studies, Senior Scholars of Harvard Academy, Harvard University)

China and Russia: Still an Axis of Convenience?

Abstract
This talk revisits claims made a decade ago that mutual support between China and the Russian Federation was ultimately paper-thin and opportunistic. Despite the personal relationship between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the opening up of new areas of cooperation and consensus, Professor Colton finds a mixed picture today. He also argues that for a number of reasons uncertainty is growing about the future of the relationship.

Professor Grzegorz Ekiert
(Laurence A Tisch Professor of Government, Director of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University)

Europe and China: Global Partners or Competitors

Abstract
This address will focus on evolving relations between the European Union and China. In recent years, these relations have entered a difficult period and there is an urgent need for better mutual understanding to avoid further deterioration in relations between two great economic powers.

Professor Yuan Ming
(Professor of School of International Studies, Dean of Yenching Academy, Peking University)

Cross-cultural Communication: Focusing on China with Global Concerns

Abstract
In a globalised world, what are the shared concerns? Can we share the radar and compass on the future human journey? Professor Yuan Ming argues that despite of the growing political conflicts between major countries, in the face of new challenges such as climate change and terrorism, the international community can be united by these common concerns and cooperate to build a better future.