SOAS University of London

SOAS to host China Debate 2019: ‘Will China’s Rise be Peaceful?’

29 April 2019
IMG - China Debate 2019

This year’s annual debate, hosted by the SOAS China Institute, will bring together experts from across academia to examine China’s rise.

Chaired by the Institute's Director, Professor Steve Tsang, the debate examines the global impact of the rise of China and whether China’s rise will prove peaceful .


  • Moderator: Steve Tsang (SOAS China Institute)
  • David M. Lampton (Johns Hopkins-SAIS and Stanford University)
  • Evan S. Medeiros (Georgetown University)
  • Katherine Morton (University of Sheffield)
  • Zhu Feng (Nanjing University)

Speaker biographies

China is poised to generate sufficient capacity to compete with and overtake the USA. The steady and impressive increase in China’s capabilities is matched by President Xi Jinping’s commitment to bring about a national rejuvenation. 

The hardening of the US attitude to relations with China under President Donald Trump reflects the emergence of a bipartisan approach in the USA, even if many have reservations about his insouciance to a trade war with China.  Whether China’s rise will be peaceful ultimately depends on a range of variables that will transcend Chinese policy and actions. Whatever its manifestation, it will shape the future of China, the USA and much of the rest of the world.

For further information: visit the event page