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China in the 21st Century: What Kind of World Power?
04 Dec - 09 Dec, 2012
 Towards a Manifesto for Democracy and Sustainable Development

Isabel Hilton (Chair) - Chief Editor, China Dialogue, London
Guy de Jonquières - Senior Fellow, European Center for International Political Economy; former chief Asia Commentator and World Trade Editor of the Financial Times, London
Jacques deLisle - Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law, Director, Center for East Asian Studies, Deputy Director, Center for the Study of Contemporary China, University of Pennsylvania, Director, Asia Program, Foreign Policy Research Institute, Philadelphia
Theresa Fallon - Senior Associate, European Institute for Asian Studies EIAS, Brussels
Viorel Isticioaia-Budura - Managing Director for Asia, European External Action Service, Brussels
Stephanie Kleine-Ahlbrandt - China Advisor and North East Asia Project Director, International Crisis Group, Beijing
Bo Peng - Vice Dean, School of International and Public Affairs, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai
Orville Schell - Director, Center on US-China Relations, Asia Society, New York, NY
Bong-kil Shin - Secretary General, The Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat; former Ambassador for International Economic Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Seoul
Kuniko Suzuki - Senior Fellow, Okazaki Institute, Tokyo
Takashi Terada - Professor of International Politics and Asia-Pacific Studies, Doshisha University, Kyoto
Gudrun Wacker - Senior Fellow, German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Berlin
Wang Jiapeng - Chief Editor Video and TV Producer, Caixin Media, Beijing
Hu Yong - Associate Professor, Communication and Journalism School, Peking University, Beijing

Additional Session Support:
Gonzalo Paz (Resource Specialist) - Gonzalo Sebastián Paz is a professorial lecturer in international affairs at the American University's School of International Service. He previously taught at the George Washington University's Elliott ...

The program of annual sessions on Asia will continue in 2012 with a session on "China in the 21st Century: What Kind of World Power?" The event-modeled partly on "The US in the World", held immediately after President Obama's election in November 2008-will closely follow the formal inauguration of the successors to President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao in late 2012. Members of the new Communist Party politburo are by most accounts likely to be even more committed to China's still-developing role as a global power than the current leadership, but how they will interpret that role is a largely unknown quantity - one that is of enormous importance to the rest of the world as well as to China itself.

This session will appraise the direction of China's considerable and growing global influence. Like other superpowers, past and present, China pursues a foreign policy focused on its own national interest and, perhaps, pre-eminence - regional and increasingly also worldwide. Like them, too, it sees itself as a force for global stability and shared prosperity. How far do other actors in the global system, near and far, share that perception? Will China emerge as a benign superpower, and will it be perceived as such - by its neighbors, and by other powers which see their own influence slipping by comparison? What factors influence China's self-perception? In considering these questions, participants will be urged to take a realistic look at the issues that may divide China from the rest of the world-territorial disputes, competition for resources, differing views on the responsibility for meeting global environmental challenges, civil and political rights, trade and finance, weapons proliferation, etc.-but also to work together in proposing solutions based on a shared premise of global citizenship, cooperation and goodwill.

The China Seminar will have an overarching theme-China's emergence as a global power-but much of the discussion will be held in smaller, more specialized working groups. The agenda and composition of these will be carefully planned in advance, and each will be led by an established expert or experts. Potential Working Groups topics include:

  • Drivers of China's Foreign Policy
  • China's Approach to Multilateralism
  • China's Expansion in Latin America
  • Assessing China's Financial Power
  • Environmental Challenges in China

Please note:
Conference fees vary depending on the financial circumstances of an individual applicant.
The conference is fully residential, with board and lodging included in the fee, from dinner on the opening day until breakfast on the departure day. Travel to and from Salzburg is not included.
For a very limited number of outstanding early to mid-career applicants from developing countries, Salzburg Global Seminar and its partners cover travel as well as session fees. Our aim is to bring together a unique mix of people and strongly encourage individuals from all parts of the world to apply.
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Session Faculty

Hu Yong
Kuniko Suzuki

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