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.
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.
I recently published an article in Asie Pacifique News about the US-China Trade war. I explained that China has more to win than the US in this trade conflict. This incident gives China the possibility to appear as the main promoter of free trade.
This article (in French) is available here.
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.
I was invited to make a presentation about the contributions of free trade zones to China’s new Silk routes for WFZO (World Free Zones Organization), 4th conference, Dubai du April 27 to May 1st 2018.
I encouraged WFZO members to further their involvement involved in the “Belt and Road” initiative.
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.
On March 16, 2018, I gave a lecture at a workshop organized by Master students in international relations at the law center of Lyon University III. My presentation focused on China’s as a world environmental leaders.
Students made a very good job and questions were interesting.
The workshop’s programme can be found here.
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/.
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/.
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.