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The Future of Chinese Foreign Policy: Implications for International Law

27 February 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Chatham House, London


Dr. Li Bin, Professor of Public International Law, Beijing Normal University
Roderic Wye, Associate Fellow, Chatham House
Harriet Moynihan, Associate Fellow, Chatham House
Dr. Malcolm Jorgensen, Research Fellow, Kolleg-Forschergruppe Berlin Potsdam Research Group
Chair: Dr. Wim Muller, Assistant Professor in Public International Law, Maastricht University



The (re-)emergence of China as a major international power has raised the question whether China will retain the status quo which has enabled its rise or become a revisionist power.

In recent years, the Chinese government has openly expressed an ambition to increase its discursive power and has started acting on it since 2014.

Attempts to discern whether China intends to confirm, adjust, or overthrow the post-World War II rules based order have become even more relevant since the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China held in October last year, which confirmed President Xi Jinping’s global ambitions.

The speakers will discuss recent developments in Chinese foreign policy and explore its implications for the international legal order.

This policy roundtable concludes a workshop on ‘China and Global Governance: Between the International Rule of Law and the International Rule of Power’.

It is co-hosted by Queen Mary University of London, Maastricht University and Chatham House and will be followed by a drinks reception.

Please note, registrations are being taken online by Queen Mary University