Geocultural Forum 2018

On September 27, was held in Saint Petersburg the first Geocultural Forum.

This event was organized by the Municipality of Saint Petersburg, Saint Petersburg University, Dialogue of Civilizations and Soong Ching Ling Foundation, and aimed at developing cultural ties between China, Russia and Central Asia.

I was a speaker at this event and made a presentation entitled: “Promoting multilateralism to address possible cultural challenges along the New Silk Road”. I explained that both China and Russia needed to adopt a multilateral approach to their projects in Central Asia.

 

Cultures Monde radio show

Invited as a guest  for a French radio show “Cultures Monde” presented by Florian Delorme on France Culture, a major French radio station, on August 29, 2018. This show focused  on trade wars, and the confrontation between the United States and China. I discussed with Barthélémy Courmont (Catholic University of Lille, IRIS) Beijing’s response to US tariffs and the inexorable rise of China.

The show is available on podcast at the: https://www.franceculture.fr/emissions/cultures-monde/guerres-economiques-les-etats-unis-a-la-manoeuvre-34-washington-vs-pekin-le-choc-des-titans.

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Wallonia Export Days

For the “Wallonia Export Days” organized by the Walloon Export Agency on June 4-5 2018 in Louvain-la-Neuve, I made a presentation about the challenges of the new Silk Roads to an audience made of Belgian entrepreneurs and export experts.

I insisted on the fact that the new Silk Roads are not just railroads connected China to Europe. I called on  European companies to seize opportunities offered by the “Belt and Road initiative” in all states involved in this programme.

The new infrastructure will create development in many parts of Asia and Africa. The AWEX agency has understood the importance of this initiative for Walloon companies.

Interview about China’s consulate in French Polynesia

Interview given to ABC News about China’s consulate in French Polynesia. On April 26, I answered to Catherine Graue’s questions about the possible illegal occupation of a mansion in Papeete by the Chinese consulate for “Pacific Beat”.

In this interview, I explained China’s investment strategy in Tahiti.

Full interview available here.

Macron and China, article in AsiePacifique News

I recently wrote a small article on French president’s visit to China and his ambitions to become China’s privliged interlocutor on the Belt and Road initiaitve in Europe. It is the good time now for France to seize this opportunity!

Goulard, Sébastien (2018), “Chine – France : le président Macron un interlocuteur privilégié sur les nouvelles routes de la Soie” (China-France: President Macron a privileged interlocutor on the new Silk Roads), Asie Pacifique News, February 28, accessed at https://asiepacifique.fr/chine-france-le-president-macron-nouvelles-routes-de-la-soie-obor/.

 

President Macron’s visit to China

In early January 2018, president Macron made an official visit to China. The French president wanted France to be involved in China’s new Silk roads to become China’s leading interlocutor in Europe, and support innovation. France and China may cooperate on green developement.

I wrote a small article about this subject in TheDiplomat.

Goulard, Sebastien (2018), “France and China’s Green Silk Roads”, The Diplomat, January 13, accessed at https://thediplomat.com/2018/01/france-and-chinas-green-silk-roads/.

Electric buses in Shenzhen: interview in a French newspaper

In 2017, Shenzhen authorities  decided to go electric. Only electric buses will now operate in China’s most innovative city.

I was interviewed by a reporter from Liberation, a French Newspaper to analyse this decision.

Ernoult, Marine (2018), “En Chine, des bus électriques pas si propres” (In China, some not so clean electric buses”, Liberation, 10 January, accessed at  http://www.liberation.fr/planete/2018/01/10/en-chine-des-bus-electriques-pas-si-propres_1621272.