On October 17, Universidad del Pacífico Center for China and Asia-Pacific Studies organized a business lunch and seminar for authorities of the University and the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS) in order to explore cooperation possibilities between the two institutions, exchange perspectives on their economies and analyze the panorama of China-Peru relations. This initiative represents a stage within the rapprochement between UP and the SIIS, initiated this year with the joint realization of the T20 Workshop in Lima and later visit of the director of the center during an academic mission to China.
The first part of the meeting consisted of a business lunch in which the heads of delegation, Cynthia Sanborn
, UP Vice President for Research and Yang Jian, SIIS Vice President, tried to explain the work done by each of their institutions and the other participants commented on their work in an informal dialog so that the institutions and guests could get to know each other better.
This meeting was an opportunity for experts to exchange perspectives on their respective economies in the regional and global context and to analyze the panorama of China-Peru relations from their perspective. Some thematic presentations were made for this purpose. On the Peruvian side, Dr. Gustavo Yamada
, director of Universidad del Pacífico Research Center (CIUP)
, spoke about the Peruvian economy in the regional and global context, highlighting its evolution and economic soundness in recent years. In the same vein, Dr. Rosario Santa Gadea
, director of the Center for China and Asia-Pacific Studies, analyzed the panorama of China-Latin America relations from the Peruvian perspective. In her presentation she pointed out the important commercial role that our country plays, which translates into the fact that Peru is the third Latin American country that exports the most to the Asian giant, the sixth country in imports and the second largest recipient of Chinese direct foreign investment in the region. She also said that Peru is the only country in Latin America that has both a Free Trade Agreement and an Integrated Strategic Partnership Agreement with China.
The authorities of both institutions interacted during the business lunch
On the Chinese side, Professor Yang Jian, spoke about the current situation of the Chinese economy, emphasizing the rapid growth that his country has had in recent years and highlighting that China is going through a transformation of its economic model towards production systems that use more innovation and respect environmental control policies more. Finally, Dr. Niu Haibin, director of the SIIS Center for American Studies reflected upon the relations between the two regions from the Chinese perspective, noting that his country has always sought the development of alliances based on mutual benefit and respect for the autonomy of the partner countries, since the multipolar context of the current global order requires tolerance towards the diverse political systems.
After that, the representatives of both institutions discussed the possibilities of establishing cooperation relations between the two institutions in the near future. Among the possibilities evaluated, it was suggested that SIIS and UP, through its Center for China and Asia-Pacific Studies, could carry out scientific research and joint academic events on topics of common interest. Moreover, the possibility of academic exchanges between the two institutions, not only at faculty, but also at student level was considered in order to promote the flow of knowledge between regions. The next step expected to be taken would be a second meeting to be held during the course of 2017 to advance in these discussions.
Dr. Cynthia Sanborn, Vice President for Research, who chaired the meeting; Dr. Rosario Santa Gadea, Director of the Center for China and Asia-Pacific Studies; Dr. Gustavo Yamada, Director of UP Research Center (CIUP); Professor Fernando González Vigil, Director of the Center for APEC Studies; Dr. David Wong, professor at the School of Economics and Finance; and Dr. Jorge Heredia, professor at the School of Business Sciences, attended the meeting as Universidad del Pacífico representatives.
As for the Chinese delegation Dr. Yang Jian, Vice President of the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies; Dr. Niu Haibin, Director of the Center for American Studies; and Dr. Lou Xiangfei, researcher at the Center for American Studies, attended the meeting. The Chinese government was represented by Mr. Chen Xiaodong, a senior official at the Political Planning Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the People's Republic of China.