Event Details

WHAT: "Chinese diplomacy: Rising stars, wolf warriors, and the 2022 party congress", an online RASBJ talk by author Richard McGregor, followed by Q&A

WHEN: Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022 from 7:00 - 8:00 PM Beijing Time

MORE ABOUT THE EVENT: Which of Beijing's diplomats are likely to be promoted in the coming reshuffle? This year Sinologists are focused on the Chinese communist party national congress, slated to take place in autumn. China experts Richard McGregor and Neil Thomas wrote a recent piece in Nikkei Asia about the Chinese Foreign Ministry and which of its officials may be elevated to higher positions. In this RASBJ online presentation, McGregor will discuss Chinese diplomacy and how Beijing's stance changed from "hiding one's capabilities and biding one's time" to a so-called "wolf warrior" diplomatic tone. He'll also explain the dynamics that shape Chinese diplomatic behavior -- between party and government, between authorities and public opinion, between internal and external agendas. McGregor's bestselling book "The Party" has been required reading for many China-watchers seeking to understand the Chinese communist party's inner workings.

HOW MUCH: This online event is free for members of RASBJ and of partner RAS branches; RMB 100 for non-members

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  • Richard McGregor (Speaker)

    Richard McGregor


    Richard McGregor is Senior Fellow for East Asia at the Lowy Institute, Australia’s premier foreign policy think tank, in Sydney.
    Richard is a former Beijing and Washington bureau chief for the Financial Times and the author of numerous books on East Asia.
    His most recent book, "Xi Jinping: The Backlash", was published by Penguin Australia as a Lowy Institute Paper in August 2019. His book on Sino-Japanese relations," Asia’s Reckoning: China, Japan and the Fate of U.S. Power in the Pacific Century" (Penguin Books, 2017), was called “shrewd and knowing” by the Wall Street Journal and the “best book of the year” by the Literary Review in the United Kingdom. In late 2018, it won the Prime Minister of Australia’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction. His book, "The Party" (Penguin Books, 2010), on the inner-workings of the Chinese Communist Party, was translated into seven languages and chosen by the Asia Society and Mainichi Shimbun in Japan as their book of the year.
    Richard is a Senior Associate (Non-resident) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in the United States. He was also a visiting scholar at the Wilson Center and George Washington University in Washington DC from 2014-2016.

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