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Thursday 5 April, Rob Lyons

Xi’s China: new global power?

Listen to the debate from the Battle of Ideas 2017.

Only 35 years ago a predominantly peasant economy, China has become the largest trading nation in the world. It is also remarkable that China has relinquished its status as environmental pariah to become a critic of the US president’s rejection of the Paris climate accords. Only recently a communist outsider, China is now a capitalist powerbroker, most notably in dealing with the challenge of North Korea. Can there be a peaceful adjustment of the West’s global domination to accommodate the rise of the new Eastern superpower? Is the demise of the West exaggerated? Is there a serious risk of military conflict?

SPEAKERS

JONATHAN FENBY
author, Will China Dominate the 21st Century?; managing partner, TS Lombard

ALAN HUDSON
visiting professor, Shanghai Jiaotong University; director, programmes in leadership and public policy, University of Oxford

DR CHUN-YI LEE
assistant professor, The School of Politics and International Relations; director, Taiwan Studies Programme

DR LINDA YUEH
economist, broadcaster and author; adjunct professor of economics, London Business School

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