APEC: Vladivostok, a strengthened link between Asia and Russia
The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit took place on Saturday September 8th and Sunday September 9 in the Russian city of Vladivostok. Once neglected, Far Eastern Russian regions are now a strategical gateway between Russia and Asia.
The choice of Vladivostok to host this event was indeed highly symbolical of the Russian government chnage of mind toward Asia: the ties between Russia and Asian Pacific countries are closer and closer.
Over the last years, Russian president Vladimir Putin chose to invest massively in the Far East region. For instance, 20 billons dollars were poured in Vladivostok’s infrastructures.
The city, which was once neglected by Russian authorities is now going to play going a key role in the Russian new geopolitical strategy.
Vladimir Putin expects a lot from the relations between his country and its Asian Pacific neighbors. The Russian president recently claimed that the Asia Pacific region is “the most important factor for the successful future of the whole country, as development of Siberia and the Far East”.
According to the APEC summit organizer, Richard Attias, the whole Russian strategy mostly relies on Education.
In a column published last week in the Huffington Post, the New York Forum Founder underlined that investments in the education system are a key element in strenghtening the relationships between Russia and Asia-Pacific.
Richard Attias notably welcomes the opening of a new federal University in Vladivostok. Located on Russky Island, this new campus opened during the Summit and hosted it.
The campus will house 25.000 students. The Far eastern Federal University will focus on technologies and will provide high skilled workforce particularly wanted in industry from far-east Russia and Asia-Pacific Region, explained Attias.