[WEBCAST] Has China Won?: A Conversation with Ambassador Kishore Mahbubani
Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020 – Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020
07:30 PM – 08:30 PM
China and the United States are world powers without serious rivals. They eye each other warily across the Pacific; they communicate poorly; there seems to be little natural empathy. They form the defining geopolitical contest of the 21st century: America values strategic decisiveness; China values patience. America has abandoned multilateralism; China welcomes it. In 2020, the relationship is even more tense than ever due to the rapid growth of Chinese economic, technological, and military power; the aggravation of the coronavirus pandemic on existing relations; and a fraught political atmosphere amid the ongoing U.S. presidential election season. In these circumstances, is confrontation avoidable? And if it happens, is the outcome already inevitable?
Join Asia Society as Kishore Mahbubani, a diplomat and scholar with unrivaled access to policymakers in Beijing and Washington, discusses his recent book Has China Won?: The Chinese Challenge to American Primacy, in which he presents the deep fault lines in the relationship and offers an honest appraisal of the strengths and weaknesses, and superpower eccentricities, of the U.S. and China.
Thursday, August 20, 2020
7:30 p.m. Moderated Discussion
8:10 p.m. Audience Q&A — Questions welcome via YouTube Live and Facebook Live
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About the Speaker
Kishore Mahbubani is a veteran diplomat, student of philosophy, and author of eight books. He is currently a Distinguished Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. His careers in diplomacy and academia have taken him from Singapore’s Chargé d'Affaires to wartime Cambodia (1973-74) and President of the UN Security Council (Jan 2001, May 2002) to the Founding Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (2004-2017).
Mahbubani writes and speaks prolifically on the rise of Asia, geopolitics and global governance. He has also been a prolific author, having published eight books: Can Asians Think?, Beyond The Age Of Innocence, The New Asian Hemisphere, The Great Convergence, Can Singapore Survive?, The ASEAN Miracle (co-authored with Jeffery Sng) and Has the West Lost It?. His latest book, Has China Won?, was released on 31st March 2020. His articles in the New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, and Foreign Affairs have earned him global recognition as “the muse of the Asian century.” Since his 1998 debut Can Asians Think?, he has challenged conventional wisdom on the big questions of our time.
Mahbubani has been listed among the world’s top 100 public intellectuals by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines and among the Top 50 individuals who would shape the debate on the future of capitalism by the Financial Times. He was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in October 2019. More information can be found on www.mahbubani.net.
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