"Country and Regional Studies in the New Situation" Seminar was Concluded

On June 19, a high-level seminar on "Country and Regional Studies in the New Situation" was held under the auspices of the School of Foreign Studies and the Center for Belarusian Studies. Nearly 20 experts and scholars from home and abroad who are engaged in country and regional studies attended the seminar.


At the opening ceremony, Zhao Xueqin, Dean of the School of Foreign Studies and Director of the Center for Belarusian Studies, welcomed the scholars on behalf of the organizers.


Andrey Andreyev, Consul General of the Republic of Belarus in Shanghai expressed his sincere greetings to the participants via video and pointed out the importance of the symposium.


The seminar was divided into two parts. The first part was chaired by Zhao Xueqin, and experts made speeches on Belarus-related topics.


Zhao Huirong, a researcher of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, gave a brief introduction to the current situation in Belarus and summarized the general cooperation work with Belarus.


Mr. Be Wenli, Director of the Center for Belarusian Studies, East China Normal University, reviewed the mutual help between the two countries during the epidemic and pointed out that deepening cooperation is the consensus by the two counterparts.


He also emphasized that the strategic goals of China and Belarus are compatible, external challenges are unified and strategic cooperation is complementary.


Cui Chuanjiang, Deputy Director of the Center for Belarusian Studies of NJUST, gave a brief overview of the impact of the epidemic in Belarus and the external conditions for the economic development of Belarus.


Han Qijun, Assistant Dean of the School of Foreign Studies hosted the second part of the seminar, in which the experts focused on the theme of country and regional studies.


Guo Shuhong, Deputy Dean of the Joint Institute of Belarusian State University of Dalian University of Technology and Director of the Center for Belarusian Studies, introduced the tireless efforts of Dalian University of Technology to develop better cooperative research on CIS countries. She also pointed out that at the present stage there is a need to solve the problems of insufficient research capacity and lack of depth of research topics.


Zhang Qiusheng, director of the Australian Studies Center of Jiangsu Normal University, explained the current situation of Chinese diaspora research in Australia as an example and made suggestions on how to improve regional and country studies.


Zhao Xueqin made a concluding speech, saying that the experts' reports were informative and wonderful, and would be helpful for development of the international cooperation and the country study center at NJUST.