Discussion on the role of China in the Russian Invasion in Ukraine

Head of the Asia Section of the NGRN Yurii Poita will take part in the discussion on the role of China in Russia-Ukraine war.

Date and time: Thursday, April 7, 2022 12:00PM – 1:00PM (Toronto time)


China represents Russia’s most powerful ally today. Yet, Russia’s invasion and subsequent international isolation have severely tested this friendship. Three experts on China and its influence in the post Soviet region will discuss the future of the Chinese-Russian alliance, its impact on the war, as well as the affect of the war on Chinese foreign policy.


Jude Blanchette
Freeman Chair in China Studies, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Patricia M. Kim
David M. Rubenstein Fellow, John L. Thornton China Center and the Center for East Asia Policy Studies, The Brookings Institution

Yurii Poita
Head of the Asia-Pacific section at Center for Army, Conversion and Disarmament Studies (CACDS), and the Asian Section at the New Geopolitics Research Network (NGRN), Ukraine

Diana Fu
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy; Director of the East Asia Seminar Series at the Asian Institute, Munk School, University of Toronto

Lucan Way
Professor of Political Science and co-Director of the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine, University of Toronto


Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

East Asia Seminar Series at the Asian Institute

Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine

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Yurii Poita

Head of the Asian Section

He has been working as a Head of the Asia-Pacific Section at the Center for Army, Conversion and Disarmament Studies (Kyiv, Ukraine). Yurii also is a sinologist and member of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine.

He studied at the Institute of International Relations of the Kyiv International University, the Wuhan Research Institute of Postal and Telecommunications (China), Zhytomyr Military Institute (Ukraine). At the moment Yurii is a PhD candidate at the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University.

He has experience in defense, international journalism, analytics and research.

Research interests: China’s influence in the post-Soviet space, “hybrid” threats to national security, Ukrainian-Chinese relations, the development of the situation in the Asia-Pacific and the Central Asian region.

He took part in a number of expert and scientific discussions in Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Israel, China and other countries. He has participated in research projects on the consequences of educational migration to China, interethnic conflicts and the protest potential of Kazakhstan, creation of a new Asian strategy of the MFA of Ukraine, study of Ukraine’s relations with the countries of Central and East Asia.

Speaks Ukrainian, Russian, English and Chinese.

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