The talk discusses how the change of leadership in China will affect the Chinese foreign policy. The new leaders of China are expected to stay in power till the early 2020s and theirfirst steps could help us to reveal possible new accents in Chinese policy for the coming decade. Despite numerous domestic challenges China faces, its leadership hopes to increase its global prominence both in economic might and in "soft power". Alexander Lomanov is a senior research fellow at the Centre for Study and Prognosis of Russian-Chinese relations, SCO and BRICS of the Institute of Far Eastern Studies of the Russian Academy of Science. He received his DSc (modern history) degree from the Russian Academy of Science in 2001 and CSc degree (history of philosophy) from the Moscow State University in 1994. Dr Lomanov conducted his post-doctoral work at the University of Toronto. His research interests embrace contemporary Chinese thought and politics, the role of culture and ideology in Russian-Chinese relations, and Sino-Western interactions in philosophy and religion. Dr Lomanov is also an editorial board member of the Far Eastern Affairs journal and an academic advisory board member of Russia in Global Politics.