Before the pandemic, the project of the Institute of Political Science and International Relations “Ion I. C. Brătianu” of the Romanian Academy was the launch of a Center for Russian Studies, within the institute. The pandemic changed our plan. Without necessarily inventing anything new, the pandemic has exposed and exacerbated old trends – among them, the rise of China, accelerated by the pandemic at a pace that has confused not only the West but also Beijing.
A Center dedicated strictly to Russia had become an (almost) inadequate issue, along with major trends that suggested that the future world order would revolve around the US-China doublet, leaving behind the order of the Cold War and American hegemony.
The pandemic has clearly shown us that we are entering a new era of international relations.
Therefore, the project was transformed into a Sino-Russian Study Center, within ISPRI and under the auspices of the Romanian Academy. We are now launching it in the pages of Adevărul, through one of its constant projects, namely “China up to date – the magazine of the Chinese language press”