The liberal international order, whether it is a reality or just an illusion, is widely recognized to be eliminated as the United States seems to play the old game of great power antagonism. In this context, the world needs new but professional insights more than ever. This lecture is designed to make contributions to this enterprise. It will address competition or even conflict between great powers, its implications for shaping new order worldwide, and the guidelines for China’s rational smart diplomacy in a Disorderly World amid COVID- 19.
Yang Cheng is a Professor at Shanghai International Studies University (SISU) and Executive President of the Shanghai Academy of Global Governance and Area Studies. He is also Director of the Eurasian Studies Unit, Director of the Center for Shanghai Cooperation Organization and Trans-Eurasian Integration Studies at SISU.
Prof. Yang has served seven years in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of P.R.C. and the Chinese Embassy in Moscow as a diplomat with a research focus on international security issues. His in-depth analysis contributed a lot to Chinese foreign policy decision-making.
Prof. Yang moved into academic life in 2007 and has been Deputy Director of the Center for Russian Studies at East China Normal University from 2007 to 2017. He was a guest professor at the University of Cergy Pontoise (France), a visiting research fellow of Slavic Research Centre at Hokkaido University (Japan), a visiting international fellow of the University of Exeter and a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge (U.K.). From September 2012 to September 2016, Prof. Yang acted as an International Advisory Board member of the ESRC Research Project "Rising Powers and Conflict Management in Central Asia." He is also an Editorial Board Member of four top journals in South Korea and Russia.
Prof. Yang is also the senior research fellow of the Research Institute for History and Social Policy at Peking University, an affiliated research fellow of the Centre for Chinese Foreign Policy Studies at Fudan University, and a senior research fellow of the Center for Russian and Central Asian Studies at Shandong University. He published more than 60 papers in Chinese, English, Russian, Japanese, French and had won 6 the Shanghai Philosophy and Social Sciences outstanding achievement awards for his excellent research papers and policy recommendations. His current research interest focuses on China's version of global order and Eurasian regional governance.