Book of Abstracts
Az absztraktkötetek az OBIC éves nemzetközi konferenciáira készülnek. A kiadványok magába foglalják a konferencián résztvevő kutatók, szakértők és előadók által benyújtott tanulmányok absztraktjait.
Az OBIC nemzetközi konferenciákról bővebben itt olvashat:
The world has entered an age of new challenges and turmoil since 2020. Asia and the rest of the world have not even overcome the pandemic of coronavirus, but its global consequences are visible in the spring of 2022: disrupted global supply and value chains, energy crisis, soaring inflation, and the crisis due to the Russia-Ukraine conflict project comprehensive changes in the world. These changes may result in the growing importance of emerging economies, especially in the Euro-Asian continent. The role and importance of Russia - as the largest country in terms of geography and one of the biggest exporters of crude oil, natural gas, and a range of other essentially important minerals for the advanced industries - will come to the forefront. China, especially in case of persistent and long-lasting trade sanctions of the Western world being imposed on Russia, can benefit from the situation as the Chinese industry is badly dependent on energy and other natural inputs. Beyond China, India and other Asian countries might be importers as well. This means that the world in terms of trade and economy, moreover, even in terms of political and military power might be more diverse than it was in the three decades of the post-Cold War period. While we witness the mentioned, multifaceted phenomena and changes, we still need to keep our eyes on our planet, as we need to protect it and preserve it for the upcoming generations of humanity.
The global pandemic in 2020 and 2021 vividly demonstrated the importance of digitalization,
which was a central theme of our OBIC conference this year. Not only digitalization but also the
security and foreign policy implications have become clear since the outbreak of the pandemic.
Deteriorating US-China relations, rising EU/US-Russia tensions, disruption of global supply chains
in the wake of the pandemic, border disputes in the Himalayas are just a few of the seismic events
of the past year. During this time, we also learned new words like home office, vaccine hesitancy,
lockdown, and wolf- warrior diplomacy or vaccine diplomacy. Some will be forgotten, but some
will stay with us, as the last year will remain in our memories as one of the most memorable ones.
Like any crisis, this one will give us food for thought for many years to come, and it will be hard
to tell whether the changes now emerging have been triggered by the crisis or whether already
latent trends have merely escalated. What we can see clearly now is that Asia, especially China,
handled the virus through discipline and politics; the economic disaster was controlled by
showering people with money in the West. We do not know how the story will end, but Asia
seems to be in a better position when it comes to growth and trade in 2020, and the forecasts
also see the region in a more favorable position.
During and after the global financial crisis, it became clear that Hungary could not
rely solely on cooperation with the West in order to catch up, but it must include cooperation with East Asian countries as well. Moreover, it could be argued that the asymmetric dependence of the Hungarian economy on the West excludes the full freedom
of action that is needed for true economic sovereignty, and which is routinely denied
to less-developed countries. This economic freedom can only be achieved by building
more pillars to support our economic development. This recognition eventually led to
the Eastward Opening policy of 2011.
The catching-up process is far from finished, and this conference gives us an ideal
opportunity to discuss these and other pressing questions, as well as to celebrate
several important anniversaries in the diplomatic relations between China and the
Visegrad 4 countries, since Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia all
established ties with China in 1949. These common anniversaries are outstanding
occasions to celebrate these relations and to take another look at the crucial milestones of the development of relations between the Visegrad 4 countries and China.
It is similarly important to explore the state of economic and political relations with
Japan and South Korea in the ever-shifting political and economic environment that
began to take shape in the wake of the Global Financial Crisis (2008-2009).
Improving economic, cultural and higher educational relations between geographically distant countries is never easy. Nevertheless, this generalization does not rule
out exceptions, which means that long distances do not necessarily prevent relatively
strong contacts. But in order for this to happen, several prerequisites must be met.
The first in the line of such prerequisites is the responsibility befalling diplomacy.
Supporting bilateral relations at high levels always facilitates the expansion of all
forms of international relations. Frequent high level meetings inspire active relationship building endeavors on a lower level as well, e.g. cooperation between chambers
of commerce or universities. The second important prerequisite is the existence of
shared interests. In the past several decades of bilateral relations between Hungary
and East and Southeast Asian countries, we never witnessed such a constellation of
common interests as we observe today. However, the third prerequisite is the most
difficult one to meet. If we want to capitalize on the opportunities, tremendous amount
of work and effort is required. Without putting in this arduous day to day work, the
existing opportunities may easily be missed.