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GVI and German Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) Co-host Youth Forum on “Global Security Policy in the Context of Multiple Conflicts: The Formation of a New World Order


Grandview Institution 2024.05.16 09:35 Beijing



On the afternoon of May 14, 2024, GVI and German KAS jointly organized a Sino-German Youth Forum on the theme of "Global Security Policy in the Context of Multiple Conflicts: The Formation of a New World Order". Among the guests of honor were Shi Yinhong, a member of GVI’s Academic Committee, Matthias Kamp, chief correspondent of Neue Zürcher Zeitung in China, Zhou Bo, a researcher at the Center for Strategic and Security Studies of Tsinghua University, and Marian Gordzielik, Deputy Director of the Political Division of the German Embassy in Beijing. They had lively exchanges with Chinese and foreign students from Peking University, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Tsinghua University, the Foreign Affairs College, and the China University of Political Science and Law on multi-regional and multi-disciplinary conflicts such as Sino-US relations, Sino-European relations, the Russo-Ukrainian War, Artificial Intelligence, and trade wars on a global scale.



Today's world is full of conflicts and crises, with constant friction between China and the United States and the systemic crisis triggered by the Russia-Ukraine conflict still festering. The international community is beginning to divide and segregate again as globalization is dying and the economic reflux caused by trade wars is escalating. Mutual trust between China and Europe has weakened dramatically. Beijing and Washington are getting closer to the so-called "Thucydides Trap", which is not easy to reverse.

As compared with a bipolar world, a multipolar power relationship or international pattern may give global actors more room for political action to avoid the escalation of conflicts. Such a multipolar space also requires fair, just, and transparent rules. "We wish to see more and more stakeholders participating in the multi-polarization process and exerting their respective influence."



When talking about the nexus between competition and cooperation, a participant said that a look at human history showed that, if competition is the keynote between two actors, then the deeper the dialogue between them, such as the AI dialogue, proceeds, the more it involves competition than cooperation, so the basic structure of the relationship is highly decisive. There are both cooperation and competition in the Sino-US and Sino-European relationships. Still, the purpose of cooperation between the parties is to survive, and only through cooperation can they survive better. Competition is never the purpose of cooperation; otherwise, the world would get worse than ever. "Men, while having selfish and violent motives, are endowed with equally benevolent and kind natures that allow them to rationally choose actions that are good for humanity rather than violence when faced with choices."