Chinese Middle East Expert Address Schiller Institute Event at the National Press Club
Professor Pan Guang is Vice Chairman and Professor of the Shanghai Center for International Studies at the Shanghai Academy of Social Studies, Director of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Study Center in Shanghai, Dean of the Center of Jewish Studies Shanghai, and Vice President of the Chinese Association of Middle East Studies.
Professor Pan is the author of numerous works in a wide variety of areas related to the Middle East, Central Asia and the Asia Pacific as well as the role of the Jewish population in China throughout its history. He has been an authoritative commentator on Middle East policies for many years. And as the Middle East has experienced sweeping changes over the past few years, so has China become a much more significant player in the international arena. In particular, the proposal by Chinese President Xi Jinping in August 2013 for developing a Silk Road Economic Belt has created the parameters of a new development order which is destined to touch most of the countries in the world, including the countries in the Middle East region. As Geng Xiaosheng, China's envoy to the Middle East, recently noted, the infrastructure projects envisioned by China’s "One Belt and One Road’’ are a necessary prerequisite for any durable Middle East peace. Therefore, for anyone interested in Middle East affairs, the enhanced role of China in the region will be of absolutely critical importance.