In recent years, hostility between China and Western democracies has grown as a result of increasing trade disputes, technological competition and the normative divergence between the Chinese Communist and Western Liberal political systems.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated tensions, energizing Beijing’s state-encouraged nationalism, while driving Western attitudes toward China to a new low. Indeed, in October 2020, a Pew Research Center survey found that a median of 61 per cent of citizens in 14 major democracies hold unfavourable views of China.
This event investigates the other side of the story.
How do ordinary Chinese citizens view Western democracy, culture and business?
Does it differ generationally?
What do Chinese foreign policies and investment decisions tell us about Beijing’s view of the world?
How does the Chinese Communist party, approaching its centenary, view the West’s power?
- What does the West get wrong about China?
As with all member events, questions from the audience drive the conversation.