TRENDING My 2020 | Cultural exchanges help us appreciate differences: Xie Tao


My 2020 | Cultural exchanges help us appreciate differences: Xie Tao

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20:07, December 31, 2020

The year 2020 has been a life-changing one for many. The world has gone through unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic shocks.

We are about to bid fare well to the unusual year. In this episode of the "My 2020" video series, we are pleased to have Xie Tao, professor and dean of the School of International Relations and Diplomacy at Beijing Foreign Studies University.

As an educator and a scholar on international relations, Xie shares the changes of his work and life using his personal experience as examples. He discusses online teaching and halted international cultural exchanges. Xie also offers insights about China's relations with the world in this year of changes.

In the spring semester, all off-line classes were canceled on his campus and students took classes online. Many international students couldn't log on to the online teaching system due to internet connection problems or time differences. "When you have online classes, you have to try to accommodate every student's learning needs," Xie noted.

Due to the pandemic, many international cultural exchanges were frozen at the student and faculty level.

"I myself am a beneficiary and witness to US-China cultural exchanges," he said. He added that cultural exchanges and people-to-people ties help us to better appreciate cultural and political differences.

He and his students feel that such exchanges need to resume once the pandemic is firmly under control.

When talking about China's relations with the world after this year, Xie said that in many parts of the world China has been viewed as a shining example of successfully controlling the pandemic.

Views about China has become much more polarized in the outside world because of the pandemic, Xie noted.

He said, "Ultimately, when the pandemic is over, those governments with critical views about China would understand it won't help much at all to criticize the Chinese government. Instead it's better to first control and pandemic, to be responsible to your own constituents at home, and to save human lives."

(Produced by Wang Xiangyu, Yan Yiqiao and Zhan Huilan)

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