Event Date and time: Wednesday 15 February 2017 | 5:30 PM –7:30 PM

Venue details: National Liberal Club 1 Whitehall Pl London | SW1A 2HE

Organisers: Centre for Geopolitics and Security in Realism Studies 

Event website: China’s Foreign Policy: Peaceful Rise versus Great Power Strategy | didier.brun@cgsrs.org

Event cost: Free

The rise of China is perhaps the most consequential process for the twenty-first-century international politics. China is now the largest trading nation and the second largest economy in the world. Furthermore, China has actively involved in regional and global affairs, increasing its political, diplomatic and cultural influence across the globe, from Southeast and Central Asia to Middle East, Africa, and Europe.

In international relations, the concept of “China’s rise” is never clear, usually being defined in broader terms such as national capabilities, political influence, or soft power. However, the word “rise” indicates an expansion of the political power perhaps until the superpower status.

This event, the first of its kind for the Global Rise of China Programme, will offer an opportunity to hear and engage in a discussion with leading voices on China’s foreign policy. In the debate, we will explore: the Chinese approaches to international relations and international order; the ‘Chinese Dream’, ‘Two Centuries’ objective, ‘peaceful rise, peaceful development; the interests and goals of China’s foreign policy, neighbourhood diplomacy, great states’ diplomacy, China’s relations with the rest of the world.


Dr Huaichuan Rui is a Senior Lecturer of Strategy and International Business at the School of Management, Royal Holloway, University of London, and Visiting Professor of Nanjing Normal University.

Professor Athar Hussain is Director of the Asia Research Centre at the LSE Athar Hussain has been at the LSE since 1987 He is proficient in Chinese.

Professor Kerry Brown is an Associate Fellow, Asia Programme at Chatham House; Kerry Brown is professor of Chinese Studies and director of the Lau China Institute at King’s College, London.

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