China’s Power: Up for Debate 2020

China’s Power: Up for Debate 2020
China’s Power: Up for Debate 2020
China’s Power: Up for Debate 2020 Top

    The challenges and opportunities presented by China’s rise are hotly contested. China Power hosted its fifth annual conference as a series of five live debates, featuring leading experts from both China and the U.S. to debate core issues underpinning the development of Chinese power. The audience was polled for their opinion before and after each debate.

    Proposition 1

    The U.S.-China relationship can best be described as a “new Cold War.”

    November 19, 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm EST

    FOR: Hal Brands
    Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor of Global Affairs
    Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

    AGAINST: Melvyn Leffler 
    Edward Stettinius Professor of History Emeritus 
    University of Virginia

    Watch the debate here.

    Proposition 2

    “One country, two systems” in Hong Kong is dead.

    November 24, 9:00 am – 10:15 am EST

    FOR: Daniel Russel
    Vice President, International Security and Diplomacy, Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI); former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs

    AGAINST: Regina Ip
    Legislator and Member of Hong Kong’s Executive Council

    Watch the debate here.

    Proposition 3

    China will exploit the COVID-19 pandemic to shift the geopolitical balance of power in its favor.

    December 3, 9:00 am – 10:15 am EST

    FOR: Yan Xuetong
    Dean, Institute of Modern International Relations
    Tsinghua University

    AGAINST: Aaron Friedberg
    Professor of Politics and International Affairs
    Princeton University

    Watch the debate here.

    Proposition 4

    Within the next five years, China will use significant military force against a country on its periphery.

    December 9, 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm EST

    FOR: Oriana Skylar Mastro
    Center Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University
    Foreign and Defense Policy Fellow, American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

    AGAINST: M. Taylor Fravel
    Arthur and Ruth Sloan Professor of Political Science, and Director, Security Studies Program
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Watch the debate here.

    Keynote Remarks and Proposition 5

    Keynote Remarks by Rep. Rick Larsen

    December 15, 10:30 am – 11:00 am EST

    Proposition 5: Selective U.S.-China economic decoupling will set back China’s emergence as a global high-tech leader.

    December 15, 11:00 am – 12:15 pm EST

    FOR: Matthew Turpin
    Visiting Fellow
    The Hoover Institution

    AGAINST: Rebecca Fannin
    Silicon Dragon Ventures

    Watch the keynote remarks and debate here.

    Photo Credit: Betsy Joles/Getty Images

    China Power Team. "China’s Power: Up for Debate 2020" China Power. October 30, 2020. Updated November 3, 2021. Accessed May 28, 2024.