In September 2016, I was surprised to be invited to the International Symposium host by Wuhan University China Institute Boundary and Ocean Studies.
Wuhan University China Institute Boundary and Ocean Studies, with the history of ten years, focuses on the study on the boundary issues including resolution of land boundary dispute and cross-border cooperation, maritime delimitation, maritime dispute settlement and maritime cooperation, polar governance and international cooperation, as well as demarcation and technological applications of border management. This International Symposium built a platform for Chinese and foreign experts to explore the issue of border and sea, and it has attracted more than 70 scholars from over ten countries and regions, along with more than 400 guests and audience.
This symposium witnessed a heated discussion and much perspicacious analysis on maritime and land border disputes around the world. The professional seminar and excellent participants left a deep impression on me. Unfortunately, the tight agenda doesn’t leave me too much free time in Wuhan. On the day of my arrival, I spent two hours alone in and around the campus. Life at East Lake by the Luojia Mountain deeply impressed me with the warmth of this city. Participants all agreed that the seminar should be held every year. The welcome dinner in Chinese style was also magnificent. There were more than 40 kinds of exquisite traditional Chinese dishes, which are as delicate as artistic works!
Founded in 1893, Wuhan University, the sponsor and the undertaker of this symposium, is one of the most prestigious comprehensive universities in China. It is not only endowed with picturesque and poetic campus landscape, but also seized of full-fledged discipline setting and outstanding scholars and academicians. When I was walking around the campus, I was absolutely immersing myself in the luxuriantly green, free academic atmosphere, the attractive architectural complex integrating eastern and western features.
As for the city of Wuhan, it is the capital of Hubei Province. The city, covering a total area of 8500 square kilometers, is run across by the Yangtze River and Hanjiang River. Now, Wuhan is the most populous city in Central China, with a population of more than 10 million people. Wuhan is now the economic center and transportation hub of central china with excellent transportation system, tidy streets and well-preserved historical sites.
At the end of September, my trip in China ended but it gave me endless memories and benefits.
Author: Boris Tekachenko from The Russian Academy of Sciences
The main content of the Russian version was published in "Far East Scientist" on November 9, 2016.
Rewritten by Wang Hanxu
Edited by Shen Yuxi, Hu Sijia