FORUM PROGRAMME

Venue:  

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia 

 

 

K.Valdemāra street 3, Riga 

8.30.-9.00

Coffee and registration

9.00-9.20 

Opening remarks

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Andris Sprūds, Director of the Latvian Institute of International 
Affairs, Professor at Rīga Stradiņš University 

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Huang Ping, Director General of the Institute of European 
Studies, Secretary General of China and CEEC Think Tanks 
Network, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

9.20-10.00 

Keynote addresses 

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Valdis Zatlers, Former President of Latvia

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Wang Weiguang, President of the Chinese Academy of Social 
Sciences

10.00-10.30 

Coffee break

10.30-12.00  

Panel 1: China – CEEC (“16+1”) cooperation format as a 

bridge between China and the European Union 

Panelists:

Ellis Mathews, Head of Division, European External Action 
Service

Kong Tianping, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of 
European Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China

Long Jing, Deputy Director of the Center for European Studies, 
Shanghai Institutes for International Studies, China

Schőberl Márton, Director of the Institute for Foreign Affairs and 
Trade, Hungary

Aap Neljas, Senior Researcher at the Estonian Foreign Policy 
Institute, Former Member of the Parliament, Estonia 

Moderator: Māris Andžāns, Research Fellow at the Latvian Institute of  

International Affairs, Assistant Professor at Rīga Stradiņš University

12.00-13.00 

Lunch break

13.00-14.30  

Panel 2: Trans-European networks and transportation chains  
in the Europe – Asia context 

Panelists:

Matthew Baldwin, Deputy Director General of the Directorate 
General for Mobility and Transport, European Commission

Chen Xin, Senior Research Fellow, Director of the Division of 
European Economics, Institute of European Studies, Chinese 
Academy of Social Sciences, China

Mladen Nakić, Director of the Center for International Studies, 
Croatia

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Radosław Pyffel, Alternate Director on behalf of Poland at the 

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Senior Fellow and Former 
President of the Poland Asia Research Centre, Poland

Andris Maldups, Director of Transit Policy Department, Ministry 
of Transport of Latvia, Director of CEEC-China Secretariat on 
Logistics Cooperation

Moderator: Una Aleksandra Bērziņa-Čerenkova, Research Fellow at the Latvian  

Institute of International Affairs, Director of Rīga Stradiņš University 
Confucius Centre 

14.30-15.00 

Coffee break

 
15.00-16.30  

Panel 3: China – CEEC (“16+1”) people-to-people cooperation

Panelists:

Cheng Jian, President of the International Business Research 
Institute of CEEC, Hebei University of Economics and Business, 
Hebei Province, China

Liu Zuokui, Director of the Department of Central and Eastern 
European Studies, Director of the China and CEEC Think Tanks 
Network Secretariat Office, Institute of European Studies, Chinese 
Academy of Social Sciences, China

Tatjana Koķe, Vice-Rector of Rīga Stradiņš University, Former 
Minister of Education and Science, Latvia

Tamás Matura, Assistant Professor at the Corvinus University of 
Budapest and President of the Central and Eastern European 
Center for Asian Studies, Hungary

Bojan Lalic, Head of the Department for Industrial Engineering 
and Management, Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of 
Novi Sad, Serbia

Moderator: Kārlis Bukovskis, Deputy Director of the Latvian Institute of 

International Affairs 

16.30 

Concluding remarks

Andris Sprūds, Director of the Latvian Institute of International 
Affairs, Professor at Rīga Stradiņš University

Huang Ping, Director General of the Institute of European 
Studies, Secretary General of China and CEEC Think Tanks 
Network, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences 

Farewell snacks, coffee, wine