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The report on the conference section “East Asia in a Global Perspective”

During the panel sessions, 18 reports dedicated to the wide range of issues were presented. The vast majority of the reports concerned domestic and foreign policy of China at the current development stage and first of all, Sino-Russian and Sino-American relations. 

Professor Guo Xiaoli (China) presented a comparative analysis of the concepts Moscow – the Third Rome and the Middle Kingdom in China; Ma Yinmao (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China), A. Pyatachkova and E. Prokopchuk (HSE University) dedicated their reports to ideological framework of the foreign policy strategy of China. The reports by E. Davydenko (St. Petersburg), A. Galimzyanova (Moscow) and N. Toppo (India) concerned the perspectives of Chinese project “One Belt, One Road”. The interesting report about the rapidly intensified policy of China in the Balkans was presented by D. Prorocovic (Serbia). A graduate student from Germany T. Trendelkamp examined in his paper the perception of Chinese canon ‘Yi Jing’ by German sinologist R. Wilhelm.

The great number of reports concerned foreign affairs in East and South Asia. Kim Yong Un (Moscow), O. Kuznetsova (Irkutsk) and Choi Jae-Dok (Republic of Korea) explored the situation on the Korean peninsula and the perspective of change in the power balance in this region. The diverse aspects of Japanese foreign policy were reviewed in the reports made by I. Gordeeva (HSE University), Zhong Rui (China), O. Dobrinskaya (RAS). This group also include the report by E. Korenev (Saratov) about NATO’s activity in South and East Asia. Besides, works of Yu. Drobyshev (RAS) and V. Namzhilova (RAS) treated political and economic aspects of history and the modern state of Mongolia as well as the autonomous region of Inner Mongolia in China.

To sum up, the session raised the most pressing issues of modern politics, economics and culture of East Asia and targeted the main directions for further researches.

The expert meeting dedicated to China (key speaker Ma Yinmao (China), Chair V. Malyavin) focused on domestic issues of rapprochement of Russia and China and the problem of domination, moreover on the nature of unity and conflicts of the Western and Chinese projects of globalization. The participants of the meeting underlined the necessity of developing truly global discourse (or meta-discourse) that would be able to explore the worldwide sense of human history.