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Xi Jinping, China's Rise and Leadership in Asia with Robert Sutter

The Sigur Center for Asian Studies and the Elliot School for International Affairs hosts a talk with Robert Sutter about his new book on Chinese foreign relations.

March 9, 2016 4:00pm to 5:15pm

Download Professor Sutter's talking points on Xi Jinping and China's rise HERE.

Copies of the newly published fourth edition of Professor Sutter's book, Chinese Foreign Relations: Power and Policy since the Cold War will be available for purchase.

The powerful image of China's rise fostered by Xi Jinping and his government fades in the face of power realities and adverse circumstances at home and abroad which encumber China's ascendance and belie those seeing a major power shift in the Asian order. Careful examination of the actual strengths and weaknesses of China's position in Asia--the focal point of Chinese foreign policy concerns--shows numerous constraints that on balance have strengthened as the seemingly powerful Chinese president has pursued bold initiatives adverse to neighbors and the United States in a vaguely defined self-absorbed quest for revival of national power and greatness known as "the China Dream."

Robert Sutter has been Professor of Practice of International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University since 2011. His previous full-time positions include National Intelligence Officer for East Asia, Director of the Foreign Affairs and National Defense Division at the Library of Congress, and Visiting Professor of Asian Studies at the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University (2001-2011). He received a Ph.D. in History and East Asian Languages from Harvard University. His most recent book is The United States and Asia: Regional Dynamics and Twenty-First-Century Relations. In January 2016 the fourth edition of his book Chinese Foreign Relations: Power and Policy since the Cold War was published.


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