Profs & Pints: Hong Kong and the Limits of Chinese Power
Profs and Pints presents, Hong Kong and the Limits of Chinese Power, with Robert Daly, director of the Wilson Center's Kissinger Institute on China.
While the West frets about the growth of Chinas global influence, Beijing has major governance problems on its periphery, related to Xinjiang, Tibet, Hong Kong, Taiwan.
China has had 70 years to convince Taiwan, Tibet, and Xinjiang that it is in their interest to be united under the Chinese Communist Party, but Xi Jinping cant make the sale: resistance is pervasive and the Chinese identity, as Beijing defines it, is increasingly rejected. More recently, the world's attention has focused on the tense situation and political unrest in Hong Kong, where people who have spent 22 years in the embrace of the People's Republic of China are rejecting the China model and reaffirming their desire for democracy and modernity.
This talk will examine the history and politics of China's relations with these four distinct regions--also touching upon the Strait of Malacca and Pacific island chains. We will examine the Peoples Republic of China's approach to governance and nationhood and discuss the implications of Chinas close-in failures for its aspirations to regional and global leadership.
The speaker began work in U.S.-China relations as a cultural exchanges officer at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing in the late 80s and previously served as American Director of the Johns Hopkins-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies. He has testified before Congress on U.S.-China relations, lectured at hundreds of Chinese and American institutions, and lived in China for 12 years, interpreting Chinese and American leaders, including Jimmy Carter. (Advance tickets: $12. Doors: $15, save $2 with a student ID. Listed time is for doors. Talk starts 30 minutes later. Please allow yourself time to place any orders and get seated and settled in.)
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