China Week 2022

China Week 2022

18 November 2022

On November 14th–18th, MGIMO University hosted the China Week, a project organized by the Chinese Club of the Scientific Student Society that won the Student Grant Competition of the MGIMO Endowment.

Among the honored guests of the opening ceremony were the Director of the China Cultural Center in Moscow Ms. Gong Jiajia, the Director of the First Asian Department of the Russian MFA Georgiy Zinoviev, the Director of the RAS Institute of China and Modern Asia Kirill Babayev, and the Vice-Rector for Science and Research Andrey Baykov.

On November 15th, a lecture was given by the First Deputy Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Federation Council of the Russian Federal Assembly, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the People’s Republic of China (2013 – September 2022) Andrey Denisov. Mr. Denisov devoted his lecture to the stages of the development of China, focusing on the events that took place after 1949. In his speech, he noted key trends and parallels in the Chinese history, identifying major milestones in the establishment of modern China.

The lecture was followed by the Youth Scientific and Practical Conference “China in Multipolar World: Challenges and Prospects”, uniting over 40 speakers from all over Russia. The event included three panels: Internal processes, Foreign policy of China and economic processes, Innovation in China. As a follow-up to the Conference, an RSCI-indexed collection of talking points is be issued, while the authors of the best reports will be offered to write a paper on their topic. The research papers will be published in the special issue of the International Aspect journal.

November 16th was the Day of Language and Culture that saw a lecture by the Associate Professor of the Department of Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai and Lao Languages Elena Khamaeva on Chinese names; a workshop by the Research Fellow of the Center of Chinese Culture Studies of the RAS Institute of China and Modern Asia Anna Donchenko devoted to the ink washing painting; a lecture by a tea master Daria Biryukova and a historian Ivan Sokolov about the tea ceremony.

The gala concert closing the event took place on November 18th. The program included opera, dancing and singing performances by MGIMO students and graduates, as well as the ceremony of awarding the certificates of appreciation to the volunteers.

A photo exhibition “Exploring China” and a book fair were also held within the framework of the event.

The scientific advisor of the project was the Associate Professor at the Department of Oriental Studies Ivan Zuenko.