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    Foreign policy implications of the 19th Party Congress

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    Date(s) - 26/09/2017
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


    Embassy of the Czech Republic


    2 Ritan Lu, Jian Guo Men Wai, Beijing, China
    2 日坛路, 建国门外


    10 85329500



    Entrance Fee

    Xi Jinping is likely to stay close to the core agenda, both domestic and external, that we have seen so far, argues our speaker Dr. David Kelly.

    Less risk-averse externally than domestically, Xi has moved from Deng Xiaoping’s ‘hiding and biding’ to ‘new-style major power diplomacy’, i.e. being proactive.

    He proposed a ‘China Solution’ at the Hangzhou G20 summit a year ago, packaging up some major policy items: Belt and Road, AIIB, safeguarding global trade, combatting global warming, gaining the right to be heard, promoting communities of common destiny, win-win cooperation, etc.

    These claims to be ‘taking the lead’ internationally accelerated with Brexit and Trump, giving Beijing a windfall publicity advantage. In many if not all cases, these initiatives are encountering headwinds. North Korea is the main case in point, says Dr. Kelly, but challenges are emerging over the map, and Wolf Warrior II may not prove a reliable guide to solving them.


    Dr David Kelly is research director at China Policy, where he provides expert advice to large public and private sector organisations on the commercial impact of China’s external policies. His areas of specialisation include China’s financial diplomacy, the global economic impact of China’s governance model, and political risk.

    First studying in China in 1975-76, David took an Honours degree in philosophy and social sciences from Sydney University before completing a PhD in Chinese studies. He held a post-doctoral fellowship at ANU, and a Fulbright Fellowship in Chinese studies at the University of Chicago. He held a research position at the ANU, taught at the Australian Defence Force Academy and held a professorship the University of Technology Sydney in a research career that led to many authored and co-authored books and journal articles. He was appointed Senior Research Fellow, East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore (2004-08).

    He joined Philippa Jones in setting up China Policy in 2011, where he worked in database development, governance and politics, and now directs research on geopolitics. He has held a visiting professorship at Peking University’s Institute of Sociology and Anthropology. A sought-after commentator, he regularly appears in international print and broadcast media, often discussing the external impact of China’s internal governance.

    DATE: Sept 26 (Tuesday) 6-7:30pm
    VENUE:Embassy of the Czech Republic, 2 Ritan Lu, Jianguomenwai
    ENTRANCE:FCCC Members free, Non-members: 100RMB.


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