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Thursday, 9 June 2022Balmain Town Hall meeting room6.30 for 7pm start China’s global ambitions under Xi Jinping Increasingly powerful, prosperous and authoritarian, China under the leadership of Xi Jinping has become a more intense competitor across the globe – economically, technologically, militarily, and in seeking to influence people’s hearts and minds.But what does China ultimately […]

Thursday, 9 June 2022
Balmain Town Hall meeting room
6.30 for 7pm start

China’s global ambitions under Xi Jinping

Increasingly powerful, prosperous and authoritarian, China under the leadership of Xi Jinping has become a more intense competitor across the globe – economically, technologically, militarily, and in seeking to influence people’s hearts and minds.
But what does China ultimately want in the world?

In this timely and illuminating talk, internationally renowned China scholar and local author Dr Bates Gill will discuss the fundamental motivations driving the China’s more dynamic, assertive and risk-taking approach to the world under Xi Jinping. 

Drawing from his current book, Daring to Struggle, he will address such issues as China’s convoluted stance on the Ukraine crisis, its likely actions against Taiwan, prospects for China’s economic future, U.S.-China relations, China’s efforts to change how we think about world order, and what it all means for Australia.

Daring to Struggle is available from Oxford University Press

About Bates Gill

Dr Bates Gill has a 30-year international career as an institution leader, policy advisor, consultant, and educator focusing on China. He is a Professor and Head of the Department of Security Studies and Criminology at Macquarie University, inaugural Scholar in Residence with the Asia Society Australia, and Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute in London.


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