Researchers Zhang Sengen and Wu Hongying visit Nankai University and give lectures


On the afternoon of November 18, 2019, researcher Zhang Sengen from the Institute of Latin American Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and researcher Wu Hongying from the China Institute of Modern International Relations were invited to visit the Center for World Modern History Research of Nankai University, and respectively published the title A Brief Comment on Latin American Studies in China Academic lectures on Relations with my country and Latin America, The Belt and Road Initiative and Latin America. 

This lecture was hosted by Professor Dong Guohui, a full-time researcher of the base and director of the Center for Latin American Studies of Nankai University. Professor Han Qi, Associate Professor Pan Fang, deputy directors of the World History Base, and more than 30 graduate students from the base participated in the event.

Researcher Wu Hongying first interpreted the proposal of the “Belt and Road” initiative, the five main routes, the five major cooperation priorities, the three major principles and the main achievements in the past six years. 

Then, he explained the reasons why the “Belt and Road” initially did not include Latin America from the domestic and foreign environment, the background and connotation of the earliest “Belt and Road” initiative; then he discussed the three stages of Latin America’s participation in the “Belt and Road” and experienced 

The process from outsiders to followers to participants and co-builders. 

Researcher Wu Hongying also focused on the four viewpoints of Latin American countries on the “Belt and Road”, including the Benefit Globalism, Latin American Opportunity Theory, Regional Cooperation Theory and New Colonialism Theory, as well as eagerness to participate 

Pragmatic cooperation, cautious wait-and-see and indifferent on the sidelines are four attitudes. In terms of the feasibility and path of Latin America’s connection with the “Belt and Road”, researcher Wu Hongying considers the historical “genes”, practical needs and American factors. 

Angle analysis.

In the lecture, Professor Zhang Sengen first briefly reviewed the development process of Latin American research in China since New China, and divided the history of Latin American research in my country’s academic circles into three stages: incubation, departure, and take-off, and introduced the theoretical basis and research in different stages. Different characteristics of themes and academic performance. 

Researcher Zhang Sengen also shared his thoughts on some issues in the current domestic Latin American research field. 

He pointed out that research and project establishment are the foundation, and we must be in awe of research work, and must do college and true knowledge; translation works are also indispensable for domestic scholars and have a direct impact on our in-depth understanding of Latin America. 

In addition, researcher Zhang Sengen also recommended six introductory books about Latin American general knowledge to the students present, hoping that the students can lay a solid foundation. 

Finally, Researcher Zhang Sengen summarized the achievements made in the development of China-Latin America relations in recent years, and also put forward several views and suggestions for the development of China-Latin America relations in the next five to ten years.

After the lecture, the students of the base actively asked the two lecture guests and got detailed answers one by one. The teachers and students had frequent interactions and the atmosphere was active. The lecture ended successfully with the warm applause of all participants.