Event Details

WHAT: "China and Russia: A Story in Ten Turning Points" by author Philip Snow, a book launch co-sponsored by Yale Center Beijing and RASBJ

WHEN: March 23, 2023, Thursday. The talk starts at 7:30 PM Beijing Time; doors open at 7:00 PM with refreshments available.

WHERE: Yale Center Beijing, 36th Floor, Tower B, IFC Building, 8 Jianguomenwai Avenue (Yong'anli subway station, Exit C) 建国门外大街8号 北京国际财源中心 B座 36层

MORE ABOUT THE EVENT: Philip Snow will introduce his latest book, China and Russia: Four Centuries of Conflict and Concord; the author will be live-streamed from Hong Kong into the Yale Center Beijing (YCB) to an in-person audience of members and friends of YCB and RASBJ.

Contact between China and Russia can be traced back as far as the early seventeenth century. A large amount of fine, in-depth scholarship, Chinese, Russian and Western, has been devoted to studying the individual segments of the following four hundred years, but relatively few attempts have been made to consider the period as a whole. In his new book, China and Russia: Four Centuries of Conflict and Concord, just published by Yale University Press, Philip Snow has undertaken this challenge. In his talk on March 23rd, he will focus on ten turning points in the Sino-Russian relationship, and will discuss what shifts and continuities they reveal, and the extent to which these enable us to understand the current partnership. The talk will be accompanied by illustrations and maps which chart the broader economic and cultural aspects of the Sino-Russian encounter.

Refreshments will be provided. The speaker will be livestreamed; attendees will be in-person only. This event is co-organized by YCB and RASBJ, and moderated by Alan Babington-Smith

HOW MUCH: RMB 120 for RASBJ members and members of partner RAS branches; RMB 170 for non-members. Interested in becoming an RASBJ member? Please sign up at https://rasbj.org/membership/​ NOTE: YCB members are being sent invitations by YCB and should register and submit payment directly to YCB.

HOW TO JOIN THE EVENT: No later than 12 noon on March 22, please click "Register" or "I will Attend" and follow the instructions. After successful registration and payment, you will receive a confirmation email. If you seem not to have received it, please check your spam folder.

Members of partner RAS Branches: Please register 72 hours in advance to allow time for membership verification. You'll received three emails from us: the first confirming receipt of your registration request, the second requesting payment, and the third confirming receipt of your payment. Please check your spam folder to ensure you see all RASBJ emails.

REFUND POLICY: If the organizer/s decide to cancel or postpone the event, registrants will be refunded. Registrants who find they cannot attend for personal reasons will be refunded if they notify RASBJ 72 hours before the start of the event. No refunds will be available for cancellations less than 72 hours before the event.


  • Philip Snow (Speaker)

    Philip Snow


    Philip Snow has travelled extensively in Russia and China since the 1960s. Graduating from Oxford University with a First Class Honours degree in Chinese, he has followed Sino-Russian relations for many decades. He is the author of The Star Raft: China’s Encounter with Africa and The Fall of Hong Kong: Britain, China and the Japanese Occupation. He has lived in Hong Kong since 1994.

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  • Alan Babington-Smith (Moderator)

    Alan Babington-Smith


    Alan has lived and worked in Russia and China, and has known Philip Snow since the 1970s. He is the founding President of RASBJ.

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36 Floor, Tower B
IFC Building
北京国际财源中心 B 座 36层


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