On October 22, the Russian Centre of FSS hosted a lecture delivered by Dr. Alexander Lukin via Zoom. The lecture, entitled “Russia, China, and the International System”, was the third of the lecture series presented by Russian Centre to the UM community this academic year.

China and Russia are the main driving forces of Eurasian integration. Russia is pursuing its “Pivot to Asia”, while China is branching out to the West through its Silk Road Economic Belt Initiative. The interests of Russia and China meet in Eurasia and their friendly relations have led to several cooperation projects there. The most important are linkages between the Eurasian Economic Union and Silk Road Economic Belt Initiative and the plan to create a broader Eurasian Economic Partnership or Greater Eurasia. In this lecture, Dr. Lukin explained the reasons which led the two countries to intensify their cooperation in Eurasia and the current state and prospects of that cooperation. Dr. Lukin also had a warm exchange with the audience on China-US-Russia relations and Sino-Russian cooperation in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area in the Q&A session.

Professor Edmund Li Sheng, Director of Russian Centre, introduced the speaker at the beginning of lecture. Dr. Lukin is Head of the Department of International Relations at National Research University Higher School of Economics and Director of the Centre for East Asian and Shanghai Cooperation Organization Studies at MGIMO University in Moscow, Russia. He also holds the position of Chair Professor at Zhejiang University in China.