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The impact of the rise of China on multilateral organizations?

The impact of the rise of China on multilateral organizations?
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17 November 2020 14:00–15:30 (CET)

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China’s footprint in world affairs is now so large that the international community must pay closer and closer attention to the implications of China’s policy choices. Whereas the rise of China offers the potential for greater cooperation at the regional and the global level, China’s rise also leads to challenges and questions about how it will use its political, economic, technological and military power. Is it going to be pragmatic engagement, strategic decoupling, or is it going to be about new types of cooperation? All options will have an impact on, and provide challenges and opportunities for, multilateral organizations. These will be explored in this session, taking into account the effects at the global and/or regional level and how coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) influenced China’s positioning in multilateral organizations. Key questions and aims are assessing the impact of China’s rise on international cooperation and how to engage with China.

The webinar will address the following questions:

  • How has the balance of challenges and opportunities presented by China shifted?
  • What role does China play in key security institutions and how is that role evolving?
  • How does the drive for global military power and influence, and the reactions to it, shape security cooperation?



Ian Anthony

Dr Ian Anthony

Dr Ian Anthony is Director of SIPRI’s European Security Programme. He has published numerous books on issues related to arms control, disarmament and export control.


Rosemary Foot

Professor Emeritus Rosemary Foot

Professor Emeritus Rosemary Foot is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, an Emeritus Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford, and a Research Associate of Oxford’s China Centre. In 1996, she was elected a Fellow of the British Academy. Her research interests and publications cover security relations in the Asia-Pacific, human rights, Asian regional institutions, China and regional and world order, and China-US relations.  Author or editor of 13 books, her latest book is entitled China, the UN, and Human Protection: Beliefs, Power Image (Oxford University Press, 2020).

Matthew Johnson

Matthew D. Johnson

Matthew D. Johnson is a China-focused researcher and consultant. His past experience includes roles in academia, global macro advisory, and international higher education. He taught history and politics of modern China at the University of Oxford and was founding dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Taylor's University, Malaysia. He is a former Jacob K Javits fellow, US Fulbright fellow, and board member of the Malaysian-American Commission on Educational Exchange. He has recently has co-authored a report on China's digital RMB, "The flipside of China’s central bank digital currency", and is an associate fellow at the Global Diplomatic Forum and non-resident fellow at Sinopsis.

Shi Yinhong

Dr Shi Yinhong

Dr. SHI Yinhong is Distinguished Professor of International Relations, Chairman of Academic Committee of the School for International Studies, and Director of the Center on American Studies at Renmin University of China in Beijing. He is also a non-resident Specially-invited Professor at School of Governmental Administration, Nanjing University in Nanjing. He has served as a Counsellor of the State Council of PRC since February 2011. He mainly engages in history and ideas of international politics, strategic studies, East Asia security and foreign policies of both China and the United States. He has published nineteen books, more than 630 professional articles and essays, as well as eighteen translated books mainly on strategic history and international politics.

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