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China’s Rise — the focus of 2010 Otago Foreign Policy School

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Thursday 3 June 2010 2:37pm

China Flag. China’s rise and future role on the world stage will go under the spotlight at the University of Otago’s 45th Foreign Policy School later this month. The event gathers together leading national and international China scholars and New Zealand diplomats, policymakers, business people and members of the public.

Titled “China’s Ascent: New Superpower or New Global System?” the School is being held in association with the New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre at Victoria University of Wellington. The gathering takes place at Dunedin’s Salmond College from 25-27 June.

School Co-Director Professor Robert Patman of the University of Otago says a “truly world-class line-up of experts” has been assembled to speak at the event.

Speakers and participants will explore how China’s growing interests and capacities will shape the way the international system operates. Sessions cover China and international politics, media and the environment, international economy, and regions such as the South Pacific and sub-Saharan Africa.

“Among the key questions to be tackled at the School is ‘will a new China fundamentally change the rules of the game in the global system, or will China simply become another great power using the traditional tools of money, force and diplomacy’?,” Professor Patman says.

New Zealand-China relations are the focus of a roundtable composed of leading Chinese academics and New Zealand figures including Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce CEO Charles Finny and journalist and analyst Colin James.

The School’s opening address will be given on the Friday evening by Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Murray McCully.

The keynote address, ‘China's Global Identities: the Schizophrenic Superpower’, is being presented by Professor David Shambaugh of George Washington University. Professor Shambaugh is an internationally recognised authority on contemporary Chinese affairs and the international politics and security of the Asia-Pacific region.

Other speakers will delve into topics such as China and FTAs in international trade, its UN Diplomacy and the evolution of its climate change policy. A full list of speakers and topics appears below.

People interested in registering for the School can do so via the Otago Foreign Policy School website.

For more information, contact

Jan Brosnahan
Conference Co-ordinator
Otago Foreign Policy School
Tel 64 3 4667 137
Mob 027 223 0646

About the School

The Otago Foreign Policy School originally started in 1966 as a workshop on foreign affairs, and now attracts a wide range of people drawn from both public and private sectors.

Participants include officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ministry of Defence, academics, journalists, diplomats, members of the business community, students and interested members of the public.

Speaker line-up and topics

Professor David Shambaugh, George Washington University
China's Global Identities: the Schizophrenic Superpower?

Professor Sam Zhao, University of Denver
Between the Head Low and the Head up: China’s Pursuance of It’s Core Interests

Professor Jin Canrong, Renmin University of China
US-China Relations

Professor Shen Dingli, Fudan University
Nuclear and Space Programme

Professor Pan Rui, Fudan University
China's UN Diplomacy

Associate Professor Anne-Marie Brady, University of Canterbury
China and the New Media

Dr Katherine Morton, Australian National University
The Evolution of China's Policy on Climate Change

Professor Peter Robertson, University of Western Australia
China's Economic Transformation and Implications for World Political Economy

Dr Marc Lanteigne, University of St Andrews
China and FTAs in International Trade

Professor Gerald Chan, Auckland University
China’s Rise in Global Economic Governance

Professor Ian Taylor, University of St Andrews
China's Political and Economic Policy towards Sub-Saharan Africa

Dr Marco Buente, German Institute of Global and Area Studies
China’s Policy towards ASEAN organization

Dr Jian Yang, University of Auckland
China and South Pacific: A Political and Economic Analysis

Roundtable: NZ-China Relations: National Interests, International Structure and Domestic Constraints

Professor Shen Dingli, Fudan University, Shanghai
Professor Jin Canrong, Renmin University, Beijing
John McKinnon, CEO, NZ Ministry of Defence
Charles Finny, CEO, Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce
Mr Colin James, Journalist and Analyst

A list of Otago experts available for media comment is available elsewhere on this website.

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