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The China Debate

This series of annual events will present original and valuable perspectives on China that cut across business, media, government and academia.

This series of annual events will present original and valuable perspectives on China that cut across business, media, government and academia.  Speaking to a different theme each year, senior-level China experts from different sectors will offer their views on Chinese economic, political, social and cultural reality.

Previous Events in this series

The China Debate 2021: China will Sustain its Economic Rise

Various speakers

Will China be able to sustain its economic rise? Will the economic miracle that has defined China’s development during the last four decades be a sufficient basis from which to lift it out of the Middle-Income Trap? Will the changes in the international environment unleashed by Xi’s assertive foreign policy and the US-China Trade War prove to be insurmountable obstacles? These are a few of the questions which this debate will address.

4 May 2021, Virtual Event, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

CANCELLED: The China Debate 2020: China will Sustain its Economic Rise

Various speakers

Will China be able to sustain its economic rise? Will the economic miracle that has defined China’s development during the last four decades be a sufficient basis from which to lift it out of the Middle-Income Trap? Will the changes in the international environment unleashed by Xi’s assertive foreign policy and the US-China Trade War prove to be insurmountable obstacles? These are a few of the questions which this debate will address.

13 May 2020, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre (BGLT), 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

The China Debate 2019: Will China’s Rise be Peaceful?

The rise of China will have a major impact on the world in the 21st century. Graham Allison may or may not be right in arguing that China and the USA are at serious risk of being caught in a ‘Thucydides Trap’, in which an incumbent hegemonic power feels compelled to respond forcefully to a rising new peer competitor, with potentially dire consequences. In the light of recent developments, the panellists will discuss whether China’s rise will prove peaceful.

7 May 2019, Russell Square: College Buildings, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre (BGLT), 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Beyond Ideologies: China’s Experience in Confronting the Global Environmental Crisis

This year, in the annual China Debate series, speakers highlight the dilemma between choosing fast development and growth on the one hand and sustainability on the other. With Isabel Hilton (Chinadialogue), Tom Burke (E3G), Pransenjit Duara (Duke University), Shuo Li (Greenpeace, Beijing) and Jennifer Turner (China Environment Forum).

11 May 2017, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

China: Remnants of Revolution

The 2016 China Debate to a discussion of the remnants of the many revolutions that continue to permeate life in China today.

27 April 2016, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre and Suite, 6:15 PM - 8:00 PM

How healthy is China?

Various Speakers

At our second annual China Debate, senior-level experts from different sectors will explore the question ‘How healthy is China?’ and offer their personal and professional insights into China’s economic, political, cultural and environmental health.

29 June 2015, Senate House, Beveridge Hall, 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM

China: The Landscape

Various speakers
28 April 2014, Brunei Gallery, Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM