At the CGP, we work at the crossroads between lifelong learning, state-of-the-art teaching and international research. With our blended-learning and interactive programs, we seek to connect global thinkers and help them sharpen their perspectives – no matter where they live and work. For us, this means to engage closely with our many partners, friends and dialogue partners from all over the world.
On June 27, we were thus excited to receive a delegation of researchers from the Euro-Asian Social Development Research Institute of the State Council’s DRC. Since 1989, the Euro-Asian Social Development Research Institute has dedicated its work to China's relations with the Euro-Asian. As the institute focuses on follow-up analysis and research on political, economic and social developments as well as external political and economic relations of countries in the Euro-Asian region, it encourages its researchers to promote academic exchange at home and abroad. In Berlin, Professor Dr. Klaus Segbers, Director of the Center for Global Politics, and Sandra Rector, Senior Manager of the Center’s Graduate School of Global Politics, met with Mrs. Li Shaojie, Deputy Director of the DRC’s Euro-Asian Social Development Research Institute. Mrs. Li Shaojie was accompanied by Mr. Xu Tao, Senior Researcher at the DRC’s Euro-Asian Social Development Research Institute, as well as Mr. Zhu Xiaozhong and Mrs. Jiang Li, both working as Senior Researchers for the DRC’s Euro-Asian Social Development Research Institute and the Institute of Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
The meeting offered important insights on the future of Europe after Brexit, especially when taking into consideration the question of how Germany will position itself in the context of the EU’s cohesion challenge. More topics included the the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-century Maritime Silk Road, also known as the Belt and Road Initiative (B&R), and the EU’s take on this Chinese development strategy promoting connectivity and cooperation between Eurasian countries.