Peking University has hosted the Forum for the Development of the Middle East on Jan 24-25.
 
The conference was opened by Prof. Jianhua Lin, President of Peking University, followed by welcoming remarks by China’s Deputy Foreign Minister Zhang Ming who is in charge of the Middle East.

One of the keynotes speeches was delivered by Veniamin Popov, Director of the Russian Center for the Partnership of Civilizations at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO).

 
According to Popov, current instability in the region is largely due to heavy-handed policy by Western states in the Middle East, and primarily because of the US invasion of Iraq under a false pretext. It was his ideas that set the tone for the ensuing debates.
 
 
The conference was also attended by Andrey Denisov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to China, and many envoys representing Middle Eastern countries.
 
 
Following the discussions, the management of Peking University invited Veniamin Popov to hold a series of lectures for its students.