China’s modernization and its relationship with the West

Liu Jianchao, minister from the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, explores common causes and goals for China and the world.

Members event, Panel Recording
21 June 2023 — 12:00PM TO 1:00PM
Chatham House and Online

China’s modernization and its relationship with the West

— Liu Jianchao, minister from the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, explores common causes and goals for China and the world.

In October 2022, the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China laid out a blueprint for China’s future development. The term ‘Chinese modernization’ was introduced and left the world perplexed.

This also comes at a time when the relationship between China and the UK is in a difficult spot. Following David Cameron’s attempts to usher in a ‘golden era of cooperation,’ relations with Beijing have become more complex to manage.

Bilateral ties are strained as the UK, and other countries look inward at securing supply chains and strategic industries while Beijing seeks ‘self-reliance’. However, both economies remain deeply entwined.

This, along with global common causes such as the climate crisis, offer opportunities for partnership and dialogue between London and Beijing to re-emerge.

This conversation considers:

  • What is Chinese modernization and what does it mean for the world?

  • Where can the UK and Chinese governments find common ground?

  • How powerful are the BRICS countries?

  • What does it mean for China’s development?

As with all members events, questions from the audience drive the conversation.

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