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SIPRI hosts conference on the Hu Jintao decade

On 18–19 April SIPRI hosted a two-day conference on China's foreign and security policy during the decade in power of Hu Jintao (2002–12).

Göran Lennmarker, Chairman of the SIPRI Governing Board, gave welcoming remarks and the conference was introduced by Mathieu Duchâtel, Head of SIPRI's China Project.

The opening presentation was given by former SIPRI Director, Professor Bates Gill (United States Study Centre, University of Sydney), whose paper was entitled 'From peaceful rise to assertiveness? Explaining change in China's foreign and security policy under Hu Jintao'.

A number of SIPRI researchers and affiliates gave presentations at the event, including Linda Jakobson (on China's decision-making process), Phillip Schell (on managing the nuclear crisis on the Korean peninsula), Oliver Bräuner (on protecting Chinese energy interests abroad) and Mark Bromley (on China's arms trade treaty diplomacy).

A wide range of policymakers, academics and members of the diplomatic community participated in the conference, which was held with the support of the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.

Read more about SIPRI's China Project.