China’s Foreign Policy: Peaceful Rise versus Great Power Strategy
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China’s Foreign Policy: Peaceful Rise versus Great Power Strategy

China’s Foreign Policy: Peaceful Rise versus Great Power Strategy

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China’s Foreign Policy: Peaceful Rise versus Great Power Strategy

The rise of China is perhaps the most consequential process for the twenty-first-century international politics to the extent that China has now become the largest trading nation and the second largest economy in the world.

Over the last decade, China also increased its participation in regional and global affairs, expanding its political, diplomatic and cultural influence across the globe, from the Southeast and Central Asia to Middle East, Africa and Europe. Many have been referring to this dynamic as the "rise of China".

In international relations, the concept of “China’s rise” remains unclear. It is usually described in broader terms that orbit around concepts such as national capabilities, political influence, or soft power. However, the word “rise” clearly reflects a motivated increase of the Chinese political power perhaps towards a hegemon status.

This event, the first of its kind for the CGSRS Global Rise of China project, offers an opportunity to discuss this dynamic with leading voices on China’s foreign policy.

In our Whitehall venue, we will discuss Chinese approaches to international relations and international order and address concepts such as the ‘Chinese Dream’, the ‘Two Centuries’ objective, ‘peaceful rise, peaceful development; the interests and goals of China’s foreign policy, neighbourhood diplomacy, great states’ diplomacy and China’s relations with the rest of the world.

About our speakers...

  • Dr Huaichuan Rui is a Senior Lecturer of Strategy and International Business at the School of Management, Royal Holloway, University of London, and a Visiting Professor of Nanjing Normal University. She is also a Research Team Member of the Programme of Energy and Sustainable Development, Stanford University and the Director of China-Africa Research Project. She is also an invited lecturer of “Paper 43: Development Issues in Sub-Saharan Africa” at the Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge.

  • Professor Athar Hussain is Director of the LSE Asia Research Centre. He has served as a consultant on a wide range of economic and social policy issues for multiple organisations, including the World Bank, UNDP, ILO, Asian Development Bank and the Department of International Development of the UK. He has worked on various World Bank projects in China including some on the ‘Reform of State Enterprises’, the ‘Reorganization of the Electricity Industry’, the ‘Western Region Development’ and the ’Regeneration of the North-East’. He was the team leader for an Asian Development Bank study on ‘Urban Poverty in China’. His publications include "Demographic Transition in China and its implications: Effective demand enterprise reforms and public finance in China", 1991.

  • Professor Kerry Brown; an Associate Fellow for the Asia Programme at Chatham House. He is also a professor of Chinese Studies and director of the Lau China Institute at King's College, London. From 2012 to 2015 he was professor of Chinese Politics and Director of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, Australia. Prior to this, he worked at Chatham House between 2006 to 2012, as a senior fellow and then head of the Asia Programme, directing the Europe China Research and Advice Network (ECRAN) from 2011 to 2014. Between 1998 to 2005, he worked at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office as First secretary of the British embassy in Beijing, and then as head of the Indonesia, Philippine and East Timor section.

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Please be advised that this event will be audio and video recorded. The recordings will be used for promotional and educational purposes only by Centre for Geopolitics and Security in Realism Studies.

This event is open to all members.

If you have any queries, please contact Didier Brun at didier.brun@cgsrs.org




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