SKOLKOVO IEMS at Sino-Russian relations forum in Hong Kong
The Institute for Emerging Markets at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (IEMS HKUST), a strategic partner of SKOLKOVO IEMS, on the 20th of April organized a forum «Can the Bear and the Dragon be bosom buddies? The Current and Future State of Sino-Russian Relations». The main topic of the forum was about strengthening of Sino-Russian relations; the agenda of the forum included the discussion of issues such as the Ukrainian crisis, the formation of geopolitical alliances, relations with Russia under Xi Jinping and 2014 gas contract.
On the invitation of David Zweig, director of the Center on China’s Transnational Relations at HKUST, Elena Sushkova, a leading researcher of Chinese studies at SKOLKOVO IEMS, made a presentation «Sino-Russian Relations: Current Status and Challenges Ahead». E. Sushkova analyzed three levels of cooperation between the two countries – government, business and society. E. Sushkova noted that, despite the warm relations between the leaders and governments of the two countries, the Russian and Chinese businesses are acting rather cautiously due to the lack of understanding of business culture of each other and lack of necessary administrative, financial and legal support. At the same time, the Russian society as a whole is positive and confident that the Russian-Chinese relations turn into a long-term mutually beneficial cooperation.