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  • | 29 March, 2017

    India, China and US – Regional Challenges and Global Tensions

    Ashley Tellis and C. Raja Mohan will share their insights on how interactions between the Asia-Pacific’s great powers—China, India, and the United States—will impact regional stability during the Trump presidency. The discussion will focus on major regional and global challenges facing these countries, including tensions in the South China Sea and nuclear disarmament in the Korean peninsula.

    ABOUT THE SPEAKERS: Ashley J. Tellis is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace specializing in international security, defense, and Asian strategic issues. While on assignment to the U.S. Department of State as senior adviser to the under secretary of state for political affairs, he was intimately involved in negotiating the civil nuclear agreement with India.

    C. Raja Mohan is director of Carnegie India. A leading analyst of India’s foreign policy, Mohan is also an expert on South Asian security, great-power relations in Asia, and arms control. He is the foreign affairs columnist for the Indian Express, and a visiting research professor at the Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore. He was a member of India’s National Security Advisory Board.

    WHEN: Wednesday 29th March, 10-11.30am


    Happy Hour, Speaker | 30 March, 2017

    What’s so funny? – Dashan talks comedy at the Bookworm

    China’s “most famous foreigner,”  the Canadian Mark Rowswell aka Dashan, has been working as a comedian and media personality in China for nearly three decades. He shot to fame for his mastery of “xiangsheng” – a comedic form of traditional Chinese dialogue and went on to become a popular fixture on Chinese television, hosting cultural, diplomatic and commercial programmes and live events. He appeared four times at the Spring Festival Gala – the only non-Chinese performer to do so.

    Dashan is seen as a cultural ambassador between China and the West. He was dubbed “a foreigner but not an outsider” by the People’s Daily.  In 2012, the Canadian Prime Minister appointed him “Goodwill Ambassador to China.”

    Recently, Dashan has returned to his roots in a series of live shows combining traditional Chinese comedy with Western stand-up – a format relatively new to China but growing in popularity. “Dashan Live” will be featured at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in April – the only non-English performance listed.

    On the eve of his departure, Dashan talks to the FCCC about his life as a household name, his work to bring stand-up to China and his plans to take Chinese language comedy to mainstream international festivals.

    This event will be moderated by Nathan VanderKlippe,  Asia Correspondent for The Globe and Mail.

    FCCC members free, Bookworm Members: 65RMB, Non-members 75RMB

    FCCC Happy Hour will be held after the event in the Bookworm bar, from 8pm.

    Registration is required for Dashan’s talk but not for Happy Hour.