Monday, November 12, 2018

US-China Relations from US Perspective

 James Steinberg. “U.S.-China Relations: Where We Are Headed.”
Maxwell School of Syracuse University - Nov 6, 2018

The New China Challenge: U.S. vs. China: The Great Power Competition
US NAVAL INSTITUTE - OCTOBER 2018

 Benjamin Shobert: Blaming China
National Committee on U.S.-China Relations - Nov 5, 2018

China’s Threat to American Government and Private Sector Research and Innovation Leadership
US Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence - Jul 19, 2018

The China debate: Are US and Chinese long-term interests fundamentally incompatible?
Brookings Institution - Oct 31, 2018

2018 CHINA Town Hall with Condoleezza Rice
National Committee on U.S.-China Relations - Oct 11, 2018

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Why Chinese Artificial Intelligence Will Run The World

How the Chinese tech giants Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent will develop the systems that will run the world.

By John Loeffler

Interesting Engineering - November, 06th 2018

If you’ve been paying attention in the past year, it seems that all anyone can talk about is the coming artificial intelligence boom on the horizon. Whether it’s the Amazon, Google, or Facebook, everyone seems to be getting in on the AI game as fast as they can. And with good reason—they’re having to play catchup with the rapid growth of artificial intelligence in China.

The Rise of the BAT: Chinese Tech Giants Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent

For the past few decades, China has developed a reputation as being the undisputed source of manufacturing for a whole host of well-established Western companies. Whether this bred Western complacency is debatable, but what is indisputable is that China has been diligently laying the groundwork to breakout into the tech world in its own right—with the power to start calling the shots on the world stage.

Science fiction and the People's Republic: the fantastic truth about China

by Alec Ash 

Financial Review - May 22 2018 
In 1902, Liang Qichao, a reformist intellectual of the late Qing dynasty, wrote a futuristic story called A Chronicle of the Future of New China. In the unfinished manuscript, he depicts Shanghai hosting the World Fair in 1962 ("Confucius year 2513"), on the 50th anniversary of a successful reform movement.
By then, he imagines, China has developed a multi-party system and dominates a peaceful new world order in which Westerners study Chinese to improve their job prospects. This vision of a modern, technologically triumphant China would prove prescient – except for the multi-party system and peaceful world order – in 2010, when the Shanghai World Expo impressed visitors with its slick graphics, high-tech gadgets and other emblems of modernisation. Liang's optimism for China's rejuvenation was vindicated, only 50 years later than he thought.
Liang's intention was not to predict the future, however, but to change the present. The message, if it reached those in power, fell on deaf ears, and the Qing court continued to reject Western science and democracy.

China Fixates on AI and Trump

By Junko Yoshida

EETimes - 11.11.18

On the first night I arrived in Shenzhen, I saw a local friend of mine. The first question I asked her was: "What has changed China since last I saw you?" Without hesitation, she said: "AI and Trump."
I arrived in Shenzhen for the Global CEO Summit two days early last week so I could spend time with a local friend I had not seen since my last trip here in 2016. My friend started her career as an engineer in China and is now on a business development/management track at a technology company based in Shanghai and Silicon Valley.
The first question I asked her was: “What has changed China since last I saw you?” 
Without hesitation, she said: “AI and Trump.”
In the United States, artificial intelligence and a president whose intelligence has been questioned by his own staff would seem to be unrelated topics. However, in China, at least in the technology community, they are closely intertwined.

Monday, November 5, 2018

International Academic Conference, “Historical Monuments and Modern Society” December 1-2, 2018, Shanghai University


International Academic Conference, “Historical Monuments and Modern Society”
, “迹与近代社会
December 1-2, 2018, Shanghai University上海大学, 2018121-2

Preliminary Program
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 30 Registration, 10:00 am-8:00 pm
SATURDAY DECEMBER 1
7:30 am-8:30 am:
Breakfast and Registration
Location: Xuehai Auditorium 学海, 2nd Floor, No. 2 Building, Lehu Hotel:
8:30 am-9:00 am: Opening Remarks and Official Launching of Wellington Koo Institute 9: 00 am-10:45 am: Keynotes—Chaired by Timothy Wright (University of Sheffield)
Dr. Tak-Wing Ngo (University of Macau), Variegated Capitalism and Varieties of Modernity”
Dr. Rupert Arrowsmith (University College London), “Cosmopolitanism: European Museums and the Piracy of Exhibit Acquisition”
Dr. Xiaoqun XU (Christopher Newport University), “Reinterpretations of China's Cultural Legacies in the Early 20th Century: The Enterprise of 'Reorganizing National Heritage'”
Dr. Michael Falser (University of Heidelberg), Asia and Europe in a Global Context. The Dynamics of Transculturality”
10:45 am-11:00 am: Coffee/Tea Break

11:00 am-12:30 pm: Parallel Panels 1-2
Panel 1: Historical Objects and New Meanings (11:00 am-12:30 pm)

Location: Xuehai Auditorium 学海, 2nd Floor, Lehu Hotel No. 2 Building; Chair: TAO Feiya; Discussant: Antonio Zapata & Michael Falser
Dr. Rostislav Berezkin (Fudan University), “Chinese Art Objects as Diplomatic Gifts of the Late 17th-Early 18th Centuries in Russian Collections”
Dr. Yishi LIU (Tsinghua University): “Re-planning and Rebuilding Tiananmen Square in the 1950s and 1960s”
Ms. Kenny Jessa Vem C. Abelleria, Ms. Christine Mae Dahili Villajuan and Dr. Jamelyn B. Palattao (Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, the Philippines), “The Changing Faces of A Century-Old Church: Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral of Dipolog City”
Ms. Daniela Filipa dos Santos PEREIRA (Shanghai University), “Portuguese Cultural
Associations and the Revitalization of Archaeological Sites”
Panel 2: Law and Historical Monuments (11:00 am-12:30 pm)
Location: Xuesi Hall 学思, 2nd Floor, No. 2 Building, Lehu Hotel; Chair: Jin Guangyao; Discussant: Timothy Wright & Rajiv Ranjan
Dr. Kai LIU (Jiangsu Normal University), “The Role of Good Faith in International Law Concerning the Reparation of Missing Artifacts: Implications from the Case of Zhang Liuquan Buddha Mummy”
Dr. Dong WANG (Shanghai University), “Ransacking or Safeguarding Longmen? Law and Chinese Artifacts”
Mrs. VENKATESWARI, MOGANTI, and Mr. SRIDHAR, T.K. (High Court of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, India), “Historical Monuments and Legal Protection: An Indian Perspective”
Mr. Mirosław Michał SADOWSKI (University of Wrocław), “Law, Memory, and Lieux de Mémoire: The Role of Monuments in Constructing National Identity”
12:30 pm-2:00 pm: Lunch
2:00 pm-3:30 pm: Parallel Panels 3-4
Panel 3: Managing Heritage and Cities (2:00 pm-3:30 pm)

Location: Xuehai Auditorium, 2nd Floor, No. 2 Building, Lehu Hotel; Chair: Dong WANG; Discussant: Rupert Arrowsmith & Rainer Feldbacher
Mr. Alexander MAJOR (Université de Montréal), “The French Concession of Shanghai: The Cornerstone of the Modern Metropolis”
Ms. Qiuzi GUO (Heidelberg University), Photography in the Forbidden City: Power, Surveillance and Monumentality”
Dr. Mark LINCICOME (Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies), “A Tale of Two Cities: Nara, Kyoto and the Bonds of Heritage”
Dr. Linh D. VU (Arizona State University), “A Tale of Three Cities: Monumentality and Historicity in Twentieth-Century China”
Panel 4: Roundtable: M.A. and Doctoral Thesis Forum (2:00 pm-3:30 pm)
Location: Xuesi Hall
学思, 2nd Floor, No. 2 Building, Lehu Hotel; Chair: Timothy Wright &
Jianbiao MA
Luxia GUO; Yaoming CAI; Roland Livens; Xiaoyun SHI; Shan LIANG; Bunlay SUY
3:30 pm-3:45 pm: Coffee/Tea Break
3:45 pm-5:30 pm: Parallel Panels 5-6
Panel 5: Architecture and Conservation: Asian and European Experiences (3:45 pm-5:15 pm)
Location: Xuehai Auditorium, 2nd Floor, No. 2 Building, Lehu Hotel; Chair: Tugrul Keskin; Discussant: Michael Falser & Jianchang LÜ
Dr. Nina KAZHAR; Dr. Mariusz ZADWORNY; Dr. Nina SOłLIEWICZ-KOS (Czestochowa University of Technology), “ANALYSIS OF EUROPEAN EXPERIENCE IN THE FIELD OF PROTECTION, RENOVATION AND USE OF ARCHITECTURAL MONUMENTS”
Dr. Tamara GELLA, Ph.D. (Orel State University), “Historical Monuments in Modern Russia: a Regional Aspect”
Dr. Lars RHODIN (Sun Yat-Sen University), “Landscape in Sámiland: A Revered Monument for the Sámi Community and its Modern Fate”
Dr. Rukhsana IFTIKHAR (University of the Punjab), “Lahore Fort: A Mughal Monument on the Verge of Decline”
Panel 6: Reconfiguring Religion and Heritage (3:45 pm-5:15 pm)
Location: Xuesi Hall 学思; Chair: Rajiv Ranjan; Discussant: Linh Vu & Rainer Feldbacher
Ms. Pascale BUGNON (University of Geneva), “Reflecting on Religious Heritage Monuments: The Case of Patrimonialization of Muslims Shrines in Southern China”
Dr. Rup Narayan DAS (Indian Parliament House), “The Enduring Legacy of Nalanda in the Narrative of India-China Relations”
Dr. Ritika SAHU, Ph.D. (University of Delhi), “Re-creating the Past in the Present Monuments: A Case Study of the Sites Associated with the Ahoms of Assam”
Ms. Yasmin KOPPEN (AREA Ruhr, Germany), “Between Revisionism and Localization: Unfolding Ideological Reconfigurations in Chinese Temples”
5:30 pm-7:30 pm Dinner and Musical Performance
SUNDAY DECEMBER 2
8:15 am-9:45 am: Parallel Panels 7-8
Panel 7: Community, Identity-Building, and Colonialism (8:15 am-9:45 am)
Location: Daxue Hall大学, No. 2 Building, Lehu Hotel; Chair: XXX; Discussant: XXX
Ms. Manolita Olores REGALADO and Mr. Bulkhia U. PANALONDONG (Mindanao State University–Iligan Institute of Technology), “The Rizal Monuments in GIS Maps and its Historical Significance in Iligan City”
Dr. Devika SETHI (Indian Institute of Technology Mandi), “Monument to Transition: A Colonial and Post-Colonial History of India Gate”
Mr. Oinam Ranjit SINGH (Bodoland University), “Historical Monuments of Medieval Assam-Rang Ghar: A Critical Study”
Panel 8: Indian Historical Monuments (8:15 am-9:45 am)
Location: Xuesi Hall学思, No. 2 Building, Lehu Hotel; Chair: XXX; Discussant: Catherine
Becker & VIJAYAKUMAR Babu
Dr. PUSHPA SHARMA (Kurukshetra University), “Unique Water-Body Systems of Bewaris,
Rajasthan: A Critical Study”
Dr. RAVINDRA KUMAR SHARMA (Kurukshetra University), “Oasis of Architecture:
Monuments of Jodhpur States”
Dr. VIJAYAKUMAR BABU, AVADHANULA, Ph.D. and Mr. Nemania MONJUNADH (Osmania University; Priest & Freelancer), “Historic Monuments of India: Medieval Forts of Telangana; Bhuvanagiri Fort: Spatial and Strategic Planning for Legacy and Heritage”
9:45 am-10:00 am: Coffee/Tea Break with Snacks
10:00 am-11:30 am: Parallel Panels 9-10
Panel 9: Monuments, War, Commemoration, and Preservation (10:00 am-11:30 am)
Location: Daxue Hall 大学, 2nd Floor, No. 2 Building, Lehu Hotel; Discussant: Rostislav Berezkin & Mark Lincicome
Dr. James BONK, Ph.D. (The College of Wooster; Case Western University), “Already Modern? War Commemoration in 18th Century China”
Mr. Kevin S. MALMQUIST (Florida State University), “Sacred Stones: Cultural and Historic Monuments in Modern Warfare”
Dr. Mordechai ZALKIN (Ben-Gurion University), “The Great Synagogue of Vilnius: Glorious Past, Traumatic Present and Uncertain Future”
Dr. Sabine BERGER, Ph.D. (Sorbonne University), “Preservation and Enhancement of Monastic Heritage: the Case of the Former Abbey of Moncel”
Panel 10: Appropriating the Past: Tourism, the Media, and Virtual Reality (10:00 am-11:30 am)
Location: Xuesi Hall学思, 2nd Floor, No. 2 Building, Lehu Hotel; Chair: Tak-Wing Ngo;
Discussant: Rainer Feldbacher & Mordechai Zalkin
Mr. Anubhav PRADHAN (Jamia Millia Islamia, India), “Buildings-Monuments-Bodies Affect,
heritage, and identity in Contemporary Delhi”
Ms. Bandana UPADHYAY (Jawaharlal Nehru University), “Historical Monuments from the
Locales of Nation Building to the Sites of Tourism Promotion in the Modern Era: An Analysis” Dr. Catherine BECKER, (University of Illinois at Chicago), “‘An Endless Tale of Uprooting
and Resurrection:’ Animating monuments and revising the past in India’s sound and light shows” Mr. Abdur RAZZAK (Shanghai Jiaotong University), “Facebook Funnel Famous
Archeological Monument: A Reel of Ramu Rally”
11:35 am: Departing for Lunch in Downtown Shanghai
12:30 pm-2:30 pm: Lunch and Closing Remarks; Chair: Rupert Arrowsmith

Friday, November 2, 2018

China’s Evergreen in talks to build $300m aquaculture farm in Saudi Arabia

By Louis Harkell

Nov. 1, 2018

ZHANJIANG, China -- Chinese aquaculture and feed giant Guangdong Evergreen Group is in discussions with Saudi Arabia to build a $300 million aquaculture farm in the desert, as the firm makes a push into the Middle East.  Frank Chen, vice president of Evergreen, told Undercurrent News the firm is in talks with Saudi ministers to undertake a project “worth around $300m”, during an exclusive interview at the firm’s headquarters in Zhanjiang, Guangdong province.  The Saudi project follows the completion last November of a $90m integrated tilapia and shrimp farm in Kafr el Sheikh, Egypt.   Last November Undercurrent reported Evergreen was in early-stage discussions with the Saudis about building such a farm, although at the time it did not disclose the potential value of the project. At $300m, the farm would be the single largest investment in an aquaculture development in the world.

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Israel, China: Beijing Tempts Israel With Money for Development

STRATFOR - Oct 26, 2018

China's relationship with Israel is unlike any other Beijing is pursuing in the Middle East. Israel is the closest U.S. ally in the region and dependent upon American military aid to keep its armed forces on the cutting edge. Yet China is trying to use the heft of its financial investing to make inroads into Israel and the region. On Oct. 25, Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan completed a three-day trip to Israel, where he sought to expand the Belt and Road Initiative and undermine U.S. influence. The visit produced few new developments in their relations — only promises of future free trade and cooperation — but it did serve to heighten U.S. concern about Beijing's influence there.  In the short term, China is trying to get access to Israeli technology and the know-how behind its vibrant startup environment. In the long term, it is trying to build up a greater partnership to open doors for future strategic development in the Middle East. To do so, it must contend with Israel's close ties to the United States and any obstacles Washington could throw in its way.

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Beijing supports full membership of Iran in Shanghai Cooperation Organization

By Javad Heirannia & Maryam Khormaei  

Tehran Times - October 28, 2018

Following is the full text of his interview with Tehran Times and Mehr News Agency: 
Q: What are the areas of integration between China and Iran? The two countries believe in multilateralism and disagree with U.S. shift towards unilateralism. For example, Shanghai Cooperation Organization is a good example of multilateral policy. Where does china stand on Iran's permanent membership in SCO?
A: In June this year President Rouhani visited China to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit held in Qingdao. The meeting was a great success. We made very good progress to map the direction of the future development of the organization. President Rouhani played there an active role and made positive contribution to the success of the summit. Two presidents also held a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the summit. They discussed intense cooperation between 2 countries. I think that the relationships between our countries are mutually complementary. It is for the benefits of two countries as well as our nations. So there is a great potential for two countries to work together. We can build on the previous achievements to make further progress in political, economic, security, cultural areas and people to people exchange.
You mentioned about the possible membership of Iran in SCO. I would like to say that during president Xi’s visit to Tehran, two leaders issued a joint statement in which China made its position quite clear on this issue. China would be happy to see Iran play a greater role in SCO and we support Iran to be a full member of the organization.  We wish to emphasize the bilateral economic cooperation. The cooperation between two countries are in line with obligations that each of us undertake. The cooperation is transparent and legitimate.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

China in the Middle East: The Iran Factor

Lindsay Hughes, Research Analyst, Indian Ocean Research Programme

Future Directions - 25 October 2018

Key Points
  • Iran possesses the world’s fourth-largest proven crude oil reserves and the second-largest natural gas reserves.
  • Iran has had an antagonistic dispensation towards the United States since 1979, just as China now has.
  • For China, those two factors make Iran an attractive country with which to cultivate an economic and strategic relationship.
  • The relationship remains one of convenience, however, and not a true partnership.
Summary
As the first paper in this series indicated, China seeks to develop its relationships with Middle Eastern states for a number of reasons. Those include Beijing’s need to secure its energy imports, to secure its exports via routes that pass through the Middle East and, in the longer term, to increase its regional influence and displace the United States in the region by doing so. These objectives apply fully to its relationship with Iran, perhaps more so than they do with other regional states like Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Both countries increasingly see themselves as being brought together by those goals and, just as importantly, by President Trump, who sees both as competitors and adversaries to be countered. They perceive the US as a common enemy that needs to be fought jointly by both.

Kuwait signs agreement with Sinopec to build Chinese refinery

DUBAI, Oct 25 (Reuters) - Kuwait has signed a memorandum of understanding with Chinese oil major Sinopec to build a refinery in the south of China, the Kuwait Oil Ministry said on Thursday. (Reporting By Asma Alsharif Writing by Tom Arnold Editing by David Goodman)

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

China begins free-trade talks with Palestine as it expands its influence in the Middle East

Memorandum of understanding signed during Chinese Vice-President Wang Qishan’s visit to Middle East    
Beijing says it supports ‘two-state solution’ to Palestine-Israel dispute 

SCMP - Wednesday, 24 October, 2018

China has agreed to begin free-trade talks with Palestine, Beijing said on Wednesday, in the latest sign of the country trying to increase its political and economic engagement in the Middle East. Commerce officials from the two sides signed a memorandum of understanding during Chinese Vice-President Wang Qishan’s visit to the region, the first by a top level official in almost 20 years, the commerce ministry said in a statement.  Wang, who oversaw the signing ceremony with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, was quoted as saying that Beijing stood with the Palestinian people and continued to support peaceful negotiation and the “two-state solution” to its dispute with Israel.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Will China abandon the Palestinians?

China appears to be operating with the mistaken assumption that it can be pro-Palestine and pro-Israel at once.

by Ramzy Baroud & Romana Rubeo

Al-Jazeera - 23 Oct 2018

China's Vice President Wang Qishan arrived in Israel on Monday for a four-day visit to head the fourth China-Israel Innovation Committee. He is the highest-ranking Chinese official to visit Israel in nearly two decades.  In April 2000, the former president of China, Jiang Zemin was the first Chinese leader to ever visit Israel, touring the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum and paying diplomatic dues to his Israeli counterparts. Then, he spoke of China's intentions to cement the bond between the two countries.  Wang Qishan's visit, however, is different. The "bond" between Beijing and Tel Aviv is much stronger now than it was then, as expressed in sheer numbers. Soon after the two countries exchanged diplomatic missions in 1992, trade figures began increasing. The size of Chinese investments in Israel also grew exponentially, from $50m in the early 1990s to a whopping $16.5bn according to 2016 estimates.  On this visit, Qishan is joined by Jack Ma, founder of China's top e-commerce firm, Alibaba. Ma was also in Israel in May to prepare the ground for the ongoing summit, which is expected to yield massive new investments. Much of these investments will be focused on technology, which makes the nature of the China-Israel relationship different from that which bonded Beijing with Arab countries for decades.

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Chinese have so much to learn from the Jews about soft power

Vice-president Wang Qishan’s visit to Israel is about more than increased trade and technological cooperation 

By Wang Xiangwei

SCMP - 20 Oct 2018 

Ever since President Xi Jinping bent China’s retirement rules and allowed 70-year-old Wang Qishan, one of his most trusted allies, to become the country’s vice-president in March, Wang’s role and influence in Xi’s administration has remained a subject of constant speculation among China observers.  Publicly, the traditional role of China’s vice-president is largely ceremonial, and the most public function is to receive visiting foreign dignitaries, as Wang has frequently done since his appointment.  Behind the scenes, however, he is widely believed to be one of the most important political figures in the country as he attends meetings of the Communist Party’s Politburo Standing Committee – the country’s highest decision-making body – as an ex officio member. This basically means he is involved in all the important decisions for the country. China’s detention of ex-Interpol chief highlights the arrogance of its anti-corruption investigators 

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

5th China and The Middle East and North Africa Conference: May 16, 17 and 18, 2019 - Northwest University, Xi'an, China


5th China and The Middle East and North Africa Conference:

The Institute of Middle Eastern Studies
Northwest University
Xi’an, People’s Republic of China
May 16, 17 and 18, 2019

Co-Sponsored by

Chinese Journal of Middle East Studies

Shanghai University, People’s Republic of China

Cappadocia University, Republic of Turkey


Description and Objectives:
We organized four very successful academic conferences on this topic in collaboration with Beijing University, on March 17-18, 2015; Qatar University, on March 23-24, 2016; Shanghai University, on June 7-8, 2017; and Nevsehir Haci Bektas Veli University and Cappadocia University on June 20-22, 2018. This year, we will have 5th China and the Middle East Conference in Xi’an, China on May 16, 17 and 18, 2019.


We therefore invite submissions on the following and related topics:

Political Economy of the Middle East
Nationalism and Nation-State
Political Parties
Environmental Issues
Social Movements
Religion and Politics
Gender Issues in the Middle East
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict 
Modern Middle East and Modern China
China’s Foreign Policy Toward Middle East/West Asia
Energy
Trade
Economic Integration
The Belt and Road Initiative

Please include the following in your email:

-Author full name;
-Affiliation;
-Email address;
-Abstract in Word format (200 to 300 words);
-Title of your paper
-A short Biography (NOT A CV)

Please email your submission to tugrulk (at) vt.edu

IMPORTANT DATES  
·       Abstract Submission for the Conference:       April 15, 2019
·       Conference Draft Paper Submission:             May 6, 2019
·       The Conference Dates:                                   May 16, 17 and 18, 2019

In case your abstract is accepted, a draft paper of around 3000 - 4000 words is due two weeks prior to the beginning of the conference. We intend to compile an edited volume with the best papers for publication in an international reference publisher.

There is no fee for this conference. PLEASE NOTE THAT WE WILL COVER YOUR ACCOMMODATIONS (5 nights: June 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19, 2019) AND FOOD DURING YOUR STAY IN XI”AN.


Xi’an

 Short documentary of Ramadan in Hui Muslim Community of Xi'an China

 Great Mosque of Xi'an

Please note that this is an academic conference only, no non-academic presenters will be accepted.

Any additional queries should be sent to tugrulkeskin (at) t.shu.edu.cn

Organizing Committee:
·      Dr. Han Zhibin, Professor, Northwest University, China
·      Dr. Guo Changgang, Professor and Director of Institute of Global Studies - Shanghai University, China, USA.
·      Dr. Hasan Ali Karasar, President - Cappadocia University, Turkey.
·      Dr. Kemal Silay, Professor and Director of Turkish Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA.
·      Dr. Suha Atature, Professor and Chair of International Relations - Gedik University, Turkey.
·      Dr. Mohammedmoin Sadeq, Professor - Qatar University, Qatar.
·      Dr. Gokhan Bozbas, Assistant Professor – Necmettin Erbakan University, Turkey.
·      Dr. Tugrul Keskin, Professor - Shanghai University, China.
·      Dr. Sean Foley, Associate Professor - Middle Tennessee State University, USA.
·      Dr. Mojtaba Mahdavi, Associate Professor - University of Alberta, Canada.
·      Dr. Nissim Otmazgin, Professor – The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.  
·      Dr. Juan Cole, Professor - University of Michigan, USA.
·      Dr. Mehran Kamrava, Professor – Georgetown University-Qatar.
·      Dr. Hakan Yavuz, Professor – University of Utah, USA.
·      Dr. Yang Chen, Assistant Professor and Director of Center forTurkish Studies - Shanghai University, China.

Conference Program

Thursday May 16, 2019

10:00 – 10:15 Introduction and Welcome Speech Professor Han Zhibin, Director of Middle East Institute, Northwest University of China 

10:15 - 10:30 Welcome Speech and Introduction the President of Northwest University of China

10:30 – 10:45 Keynote Speech -1 Professor Yang Guang, President of Middle East Studies Association of China, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Shanghai University. (Invited)

10:45 - 11:30 Keynote Speech -2 Professor Juan Cole, University of Michigan (Invited)

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:30 – 14:00 Keynote Speech -3 Professor Mehran Kamrava, Georgetown University, Qatar.

14:00 - 15:30 Special Discussion on Chinese Journal of Middle East Studies

15:30 – 15:45 Coffee Break

15:45 – 17:15 Panel -1

18:00 DINNER


Friday May 17, 2019

8:30 – 10:00 Panel -2

10:30 – 12:00 Panel 3

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Panel – 4

15:30 – 15:45 Coffee Break

15:45 – 17:15 Panel 5

18:00 DINNER


Saturday May 18, 2019

8:30 – 10:00 Panel -6

10:30 – 12:00 Panel 7

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Panel – 8

15:30 – 15:45 Coffee Break

15:45 – 17:15 Panel 9

17:15 – 17:30 Coffee Break

Discussion for future projects and Closing Remarks by TBA 17:30 – 18:00

19:00 DINNER

Sunday, May 19, 2019
BUS TOUR: Terracotta Army – Xi’an:  The greatest archaeological find of the 20th century