70th Anniversary of the End of the Second World War – Concepts for Policy of Reconciliation and Détente in Europe and East Asia

Event: Regional and International Affairs

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II experts from Europe discussed concepts for Policy of Reconciliation and Détente in Europe and East Asia with Chinese experts and decision makers in Beijing and Shanghai from June 23 to June 26.

In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War experts from France, Poland and Germany discussed concepts for Policy of Reconciliation and Détente in Europe and East Asia with Chinese experts and decision makers in Beijing and Shanghai from June 23rd to June 26th.

Christoph Pohlmann, Resident Representative for China of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, and Prof. Dr. Feng Zhongping, Vice-President of China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR)

From June 23rd to June 26th Prof. Dr. Corine Defrance, French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) at Pantheon-Sorbonne University, Prof. Dr. emeritus Hanns W. Maull, Senior Distinguished Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (swp) and Amb. (Ret.) Janusz Reiter, Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Warsaw-based Centre for International Relations visited Beijing and Shanghai. During their visit in Beijing they took part in a discussion meeting with the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the Chinese Association for International Understanding (CAFIU) on June 23rd and a seminar with the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR) on June 24th. In Shanghai the delegation from Europe held a seminar at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS) on June 25th and a roundtable discussion at the Shanghai Institutes of International Studies (SIIS) on June 26th.

During the meetings, the European and Chinese participants found differences and similarities concerning the policies of reconciliation and détente in Europe and East Asia. Furthermore, they agreed that successful reconciliation and détente in Europe, East Asia or elsewhere is a continual and never-concluded process. Besides, efficacious reconciliation and détente is dependent on the overall political framework in the participating states and the global structure. However, the most important factor in the process of reconciliation seems to be society. The reconciliation of enemies and victims within the societies of culprit and victim nations is an important, albeit sometimes neglected aspect.

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