Southeast Asia’s and Russia’s Relations with China

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Date & Time

January 29, 2020


Palacký University, Křižkovského 12, Room KB 2.15., Olomouc, Czech Republic 


Sergei Akopov is Professor at the Department of Applied Political Science at National Research University – Higher School of Economics (HSE), Campus St. Petersburg in Russia. His research interests include Political Philosophy / Political Theory, Transnational & World Politics, Transnational Intellectuals, Identity Politics and Symbolic Politics, Political and Cultural Anthropology, Political & Intercultural Communication as well as Nationalism, Political Identities and ‘Enemy’ Images.

Alfred Gerstl is a specialist on International Relations in Southeast Asia. He currently holds a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (CZ.02.2.69/0.0/0.0/18_070/0010285) at the Department of Asian Studies at Palacký University in Olomouc (Czech Republic). Alfred was previously lecturer and visiting professor in Australia, Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany and Russia. His research interests include Theories of International Relations, traditional and human security, regional cooperation, the Belt and Road Initiative and the South China Sea dispute.

Farizal Mohd Razalli is currently attached to the Center for Politics, History and International Affairs at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). He specializes in foreign policy and diplomacy with a regional focus that includes Southeast Asia (with China), South America and Western Europe. His contemporary research works reflect upon energy policy, strategic negotiations, technology-security nexus, governance-sustainability as well as formal modelling and statistical analyses in international politics.



9:30 Registration with coffee and tea

9:45 Opening Remarks (Alfred Gerstl)

10:00–11:15 Sergei Akopov (Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg): Representations of China in Contemporary Political and Cultural Narratives of Russian Identity

11:15–11:30 Coffee Break

11:30–12:45 Farizal Mohd Razalli (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia): On Proposing Hypotheses to Untangling Malaysia’s Foreign Policy Behavior toward China

12:45–14:30 Lunch Break

14:30–15:00 Alfred Gerstl (Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellow, Department of Asian Studies): The Changing Hedging Strategies of Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam towards China  

15:00–15:30 Filip Kraus (Sinophone Borderlands – Interaction at the Edges): Vietnam between the PRC’s Belt and Road Initiative and Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy

15:30–16:00 Richard Turcsányi (Sinophone Borderlands – Interaction at the Edges): Chinese Assertiveness in the South China Sea 

16:00–18:30 Discussion: Sino-Russian and Sino-Southeast Asian Relations