Representatives of the Gorchakov Fund in China. Travel notes
Impressions of members of the Gorchakov Fund’s Club of Friends who participated in a study trip to China
The Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund provided an opportunity to members of its Club of Friends to participate in a study trip to cities and provinces of the People’s Republic of China within the framework of cooperation with colleagues from China. This time an honorary right to represent Russia was given to Associate Professor of the Academic Department of Applied Political Science at Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation Evgeniy Makhmutov and graduate of the Russian Customs Academy (Vladivostok) Anton Tugushev.
Organizers on the side of the PRC included Chinese Association for International Understanding, CAFIU – a non-profit organization established by the Chinese government in 1981. The main goal of the trip was to introduce the guests to culture, traditions, modern tendencies of China’s development as well as to defy of stereotypes about closed nature and isolation of the country.
In 2015, the organizers from China have assembled a team from very different, but talented young professionals as well as experienced politicians and researchers from Russia, Poland, Romania, Hungary and the Czech Republic. Despite the fact that the participants are involved in different kinds of activities in their everyday life, each one of them was able to acquire colossal experience and new skills.
The program of the event was extremely rich and consisted of four parts corresponding to a certain city, in which discussions and excursions took place: Beijing, Lanzhou, Zhangye (Gansu Province) and Shanghai.