On April 2nd, 2015, the lecture entitled “The Situation and Challenges Facing China’s Diplomacy”. It was the ninety-fifth lectureheld at Caizhai Lecture Hall of Peking University. Professor JIA Qingguo, Dean, Professor and Doctoral Supervisor of the School of International Studies of Peking University gave the keynote speech, Member of the Standing Committee of the 12thCPPCC National Committee and Director of the Institute for China-US People-to-People Exchange of Peking University. The lecture was presided over by Gao Dai, Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Peking University and Associate Professor of the Department of History.
Professor Jia Qingguo addressed the topic in three aspects: “China’s diplomacy and the current international situation”, “Main problems and challenges” and “Diplomacy and China’s future”. Professor Jia pointed out that with the globalization accelerating and deepening, and the world pattern changing and transforming, the uncertainty of the relationship between China and the outside world is increasing. He believes that rising China faces the uncertainties and contradictions of its status and interests in the international arena, which pose a very serious challenge for China’s foreign relations and puts forward new requirements for China to formulate foreign policies and develop international relations. In addition, Professor Jia said that China’s relations with its neighboring countries are mainly focused on territorial and maritime rights and interests with Southeast Asian countries and Japan, as well as historical issues with Japan.
After the lecture, the attending students interacted with Professor Jia and actively expounded upon their ideas and experience. Gao Dai highlighted the value of the lecture, saying that Professor Jia’s explanations were “reasonable, comprehensive, rational and pragmatic”, and that he also put forward his own views on China’s diplomacy from the perspective of history.