What Beijing Wants: The Next Phases of Chinese Foreign Policy

OPEN LECTURE: WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 18 IN THE NORDIC HOUSE FROM 12:00 TO 13:00

What Beijing Wants: The Next Phases of Chinese Foreign Policy

Under the previous Chinese governments of Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao, China’s foreign policy was dominated by the process of reconstruction and expansion as the country moved from regional power in Asia to globalised great power. Under the new government of Xi Jinping, China’s international status has matured, with the country demonstrating greater foreign policy confidence and a stronger diplomatic presence outside of the Asia-Pacific region. However, while China’s rising power diplomacy has been marked by soft power in much of the world, Beijing’s Asian relations have become more difficult and contentious. This leads to the question of what China wants from its foreign policy as it settles further into great power status.

Marc Lanteigne is Senior Lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington, Department of Politics and International Relations, and Director of Research at the New Zealand Centre for Contemporary China Research.

Moderator: Alyson JK Bailes, Adjunct Lecturer, Faculty of Political Science, University of Iceland