On the 1-st of October, 2019 the main national holiday of China-the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China was celebrated. In 1949, it was the USSR that first recognized the existence of the PRC, immediately the day after its proclamation. Over the years, our countries have a long way: the establishment of relations in different spheres such as: economic, space, aircraft industry, as well as culture. The main celebrations on the occasion of the significant event – a military parade and a festive procession – were held in Tiananmen square in Beijing. The regional center of Chinese language and Chinese studies in honor of the anniversary of the PRC organized a meeting with distinguished guests from the Chinese Embassy in Russia and Chinese partners of the University.
More than 150 people took part in the celebration at the University, there were: teachers and employees, University students, foreign guests and representatives of the Chinese Embassy in Russia.
Guests of honor in Moscow Region State University
Director of the regional center of Chinese language and Chinese studies T. N. Lobanova stressed the importance of economic and cultural contacts between Russia and China: “now China is the second economy in the world and a strategic Russian partner.”
First Vice-rector of Moscow state University D. V. Gorbunov thanked foreign partners for long-term cooperation in the field of academic exchange and joint scientific research. Today, the University cooperates with 70 partner countries, and the PRC is not the last among them: 11 Chinese universities train students in joint educational and research programs with MRSU.
Speech by the first Vice-rector of Moscow Region State University D. V. Gorbunov
In response, the Chinese Minister-envoy of the Chinese Embassy in Russia Cao Shihai talked about the potential opportunities for cooperation in the field of education. He noted that China owes its current outstanding economic success to the support of the USSR and Russia. 156 industrial facilities in the coal, energy and engineering industries were built in China during the years of cooperation between the countries under joint programs. Today more than 20 000 Russian students learn in China, and more than 35 000 Chinese students learn in Russia. In China there are more than 100 centers of Russian language on a permanent basis. Cao Shihai stressed that his young compatriots are studying Russian culture with the great enthusiasm.
President of the Association of Russian-Chinese culture and education Wang Hongbo shared with the audience his experience of studying and working in Russia. He noted the kindness, openness and intelligence of our fellow citizens, which resonates in the hearts of foreign guests.
President of the Association of Russian-Chinese culture and education Wang Hongbo
In the second part of the event there was a report of the Dean of the faculty of history, political science and law MRSU V. E. Baghdasaryan on the following topic: “Geopolitical axis “Moscow-Beijing” in the humanitarian discourse”. MRSU Head of the Department of political science and law, Deputy Director of the Institute of CIS countries Vladimir G. Egorov gave a speech on the theme: “Historical and cultural Foundation of Russian-Chinese relations”. During the meeting, the topical issue of the implementation of joint economic projects and scientific research was touched upon. Particular attention was paid to the historical discourse of the formation and realization of the potential of bilateral relations.
The student session of the event was presented by the interfaculty interactive platform, where students could test their knowledge of the history of China and diplomatic relations between Russia and China and make Chinese flags by themselves.
Results of the interactive platform
At the end of the event, guests from China congratulated the audience with creative performances: they read a poem by Mao Zedong and sang songs in their native language.
Summing up the meeting, we can note the joint desire of the representatives of the two powers to strengthen mutual trust, support and promote relations in the new era of a multipolar world.