Former middle east envoy on international studies
May 16, 2016 Source: CIRS   Hits:339

On the afternoon of May 13, former ambassador of China to Egypt, and special Middle East envoy Wu Sike held a talk with key members from all CIRS institutes in Room A501 of the Administrative Building on two topics, namely, importance of Middle East studies to China, and ways for universities to conduct international studies. The talk was chaired by Professor Zhang Zhidong, Deputy Director from the Department of Social Sciences. 


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Ambassador Wu pointed out that since the inception of reform and opening up, Middle East has always been one of China’s major energy suppliers. Particularly since 1992, energy supply from Middle East has been on the increase year by year. Despite China’s achievements in diversifying its energy security and new energy development, the importance of Middle East as energy suppliers to China will not change in the foreseeable period. In addition, Middle East also occupies a strategic location in the Road and Belt Initiative proposed by China, which has got active support from arabic nations in the Middle East. Due to differences in its cultural traditions, religions and economic development, the Middle East is generally stable in its political, social and economic development, with no major ups and downs. This analysis and judgement serves as the basic premise for further cooperation between China and arabic nations in the Middle East. The success of the Road and Belt Initiative will to a large extent depend on the Middle East. China needs to conduct in-depth, detailed and comprehensive research on the Middle East.


On ways for universities to conduct international studies, Ambassador Wu argued that universities are different from professional think tanks, and faced extra tasks such as professional training and teaching. Therefore, international studies in universities tend to focus more on fundamental and backup studies, which are also the strength of universities. Finally, Ambassador Wu used his own diplomatic experience to point out that the studies of culture, religion and history as well as cultural exchanges should also constitute an important part of international studies.