Power Shift: The Rise of Asia and the Decline of the West?

The panellists assess contemporary power shifts in the international world order, focusing on the extent to which Asia may be rising at the expense of the traditional powers of the West.

Members event, Panel Recording
28 May 2019 — 6:00PM TO 7:00PM
Chatham House | 10 St James's Square | London | SW1Y 4LE

Donald Trump’s 2018 decision to impose tariffs on almost half of Chinese imports both highlighted, and exacerbated, a growing geopolitical competition between the world’s two superpowers. Indeed, as tensions between the titans have risen, so have discussions of Thucydides’s trap – the idea that rivalry between an established power and a rising one will ultimately result in war.

  • Can China and the US find a way to peacefully co-exist?

  • Is today’s world too complex and interdependent to be seen through the lens of a zero-sum contest?

  • And how are international power relationships, diplomatic alliances and economic ties evolving across the globe?


Professor Christopher Coker, Department of International Relations, LSE; Co-Director, IDEAS, LSE

Dr Yu Jie, China Research Fellow, Asia-Pacific Programme, Chatham House

Jinny Yan, Managing Director and Chief China Economist, ICBC Standard

Chair: Professor Michael Cox, Associate Fellow, US and the Americas Programme; Co-Director, IDEAS, LSE

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