China’s Foreign Policy in the Xi Jinping Era

Date(s) - 01/15/19
5:15 pm - 6:30 pm

Chicago Council on Global Affairs

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Chicago Council on Global Affairs

China’s Foreign Policy in the Xi Jinping Era

Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Cheng Li, Director, John L. Thornton China Center, Brookings Institution

Since becoming president of China in 2013, Xi Jinping has displayed China’s increasing confidence on the global stage in the realms of foreign policy, economics, and military affairs. Yet China faces numerous challenges as it makes bolder moves in defense of its growing global interests. Uncertainty remains as to whether the Trump administration will be able to reach a deal to denuclearize North Korea, territorial disputes continue to flare up in the South China Sea, the prospect lingers of a trade war with the United States spiraling out of control, and countries are increasingly confronting China over allegations of intellectual property theft. How will China respond to these challenges in the coming months? And how will the relationship between China and the United States evolve in the face of rising tensions?

Cheng Li

Director, John L. Thornton China Center, Brookings Institution

Cheng Li is director of the John L. Thornton China Center and a senior fellow in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings. Li focuses on the transformation of political leaders, generational change and technological development in China. From 1993 to 1995, he worked in China as a fellow sponsored by the Institute of Current World Affairs in the US, observing grassroots changes in his native country. Before joining Brookings in 2006, he was the William R. Kenan professor of government at Hamilton College, where he had taught since 1991. He is a director of the National Committee on US-China Relations, a member of the Academic Advisory Group of the Congressional US-China Working Group, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a director of the Committee of 100. Li received a master’s in Asian studies from the University of California, Berkeley and a doctorate in political science from Princeton University.