A welcoming speech was delivered by Andrey Kortunov, Director General of Russian International Affairs Council accompanied by co-organizers - Director of Programs of RIAC Ivan Timofeev and President of Creative Diplomacy Natalia Burlinova.
At the very beginning of the meeting, Dr. Kortunov asked himself a question on the topic of the Debates - what is considered a liberal world order? Is the rise of China threatening this system? The main moderator of the discussion was Arik Burakovski, Assistant Director of the Russia and Eurasia Program at The Fletcher School. Before the start of the Debate, speakers and viewers were asked to vote on the question: Does the rise of China threaten the liberal international order? 50% of the participants answered affirmatively (yes, does threaten), 36% - negatively (no, doesn't threaten), and 14% were undecided on the answer.
The discussion was opened by associate professor Michael Beckley of Tufts University ("yes, it threatens" position), who spoke about the negative aspects of technology policy and the digital dictatorship in the PRC, as well as the influence of China on the work of international institutions. Colleague Dr. Duncan Freeman focused on the current perception of the global economy and the economic situation in East Asia.