IWEP took part in the anniversary Forum of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia

Date: 
29 June 2017

 

On June 28-29, 2017, the 2nd Annual Conference of the Non-Governmental Forum of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) was held in Beijing (PRC). This Forum was timed to coincide with the 25th anniversary of CICA and was themed "The 25th anniversary of CICA: on the way to Asian security and development." The event was organized by the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs (CPIFA) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China.

At the opening ceremony of the Forum, Chen Yuan, Vice-Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), read out to the forum participants the greetings of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Opening speeches at the Forum were also given by the Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China Li Zhaoxing, the Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the People's Republic of China Shahrat Nuryshev, the Ambassador of Russia to China Andrei Denisov, the Secretary General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Rashid Alimov, the Executive Director of the CICA Secretariat Gong Jianwei.

Eight parallel panels organized by various scientific and analytical centers in China were held within the framework of the Forum. Ruslan Isimov, Head of the IWEP Eurasian Studies Program, participated in the panel organized by the Institute of Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS).

 

In the course of the round table meeting, the participants discussed the prospects for the development of CICA as one of the most influential international platforms. The majority of experts recognized CICA to be an effective structure significantly contributing for ensuring security in the Asian continent.

On June 29, the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the People's Republic of China organized a presentation of the " Selected Works of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev," which was translated into Chinese.

The participants, in particular, representatives of the Chinese Foreign Ministry and other experts, highly appreciated Nursultan Nazarbayev's personal contribution to the establishing and development of independent Kazakhstan. The experts noted that the translated collection of N. Nazarbayev's speeches will give an opportunity to further study the opinions and experience of the Kazakhstan leader in the governance of the state, as well as the foreign policy initiatives of the Republic of Kazakhstan. In this context, experts gave a positive assessment to the opportunities for further development of cooperation between Kazakhstan and the PRC within the framework of the Nurly Zhol Program and the Chinese "One Belt, One Road" initiative.

In the afternoon of June 29, the Embassy of Kazakhstan to the People's Republic of China together with the Institute of Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia of the Chinese Academy of Sciences organized a round table discussion on "Kazakhstan's Modernization at a New Stage of Strategic Partnership with China." During the round table held at the Academy of Social Sciences, there was an exchange of views between Kazakhstan and Chinese experts on the implementation of modernization carried out by the leadership of Kazakhstan

Ambassador of Kazakhstan to China Sh. Nuryshev highlighted the goals and objectives of the President's Address on "The Third Modernization of Kazakhstan: Global Competitiveness".

During the exchange of views, R. Izimov, Head of the IWEP Eurasian Studies Program, said: "Cooperation of Kazakhstan and China at a new level of a comprehensive strategic partnership also provides the collaboration on cultural and humanitarian issues. This initiative is of special importance in the bilateral partnership. Indeed, the expansion of contacts and cooperation between humanities experts will promote greater recognition and understanding of Kazakhstan's policy by the public of China of the and vice versa."

The Chinese side was represented by Li Yongquan, Director of IRWECA, Chen Shuangzhi, Secretary-general of the SCO Research Center at CASS, Chen Yuyong, Head of the Eurasia Studies Department of the China Institute of International Affairs, and other experts from Chinese research centers.

In general, Kazakhstan and Chinese experts were able to openly exchange views. Experts agreed that the representatives of the analytical community of both countries need to meet more often and discuss the pressing issues of bilateral and multilateral cooperation between the RK and the PRC. The parties agreed work towards the gradual development of permanent mechanisms for bilateral meetings between think tanks of the two countries.