Feng Shaolei is Dean of the School of Advanced International and Area Studies (SAIAS) at East China Normal University, where is he is also Director of the Center for Russian Studies. Feng is a member of Sino-Russian Committee of Friendship, as well as Editor-in-Chief of the core Chinesejournal, Russian Studies. His research interests include Russian History, History of International Relations, and History of Political Thought. Selected publications (in Chinese) include Russia in the 20th Century (2007), Transition Era (2005), and Domestic Transition and Foreign Relations: Russia since 1992(1997). Among his many visiting academic fellowships abroad, Feng has also been Visiting Scholar at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
In the past several years, the cooperative partnership between Russia andChina has been elevated to a new level, which is part of a dramatically changing global pattern. On the one hand, both China and Russia realize they need to learn more from the successes of developed nations, for the sake of their ongoing modernization of internal and external affairs. On the other hand, they cannot simply adopt existing foreign models. Regardless of future changes, the Sino-Russian relationship should be a constructive and stable part of a truly integrated global community. Speaking for YCW Shanghai, Professor Feng covered a number of topics, including new developments in Sino-Russian relations, achievements and difficulties in the relationship, the Ukraine Crisis and Sino-Russian Relations, and the future of their relationship in Asia.