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  • Speaker | 15 December, 2017

    Protecting Chinese nationals overseas: the coming end of non-interference

    A decade ago, few would have predicted the direct involvement of the PLA Navy in a non-combatant evacuation operation overseas. Yet this happened in Yemen in March 2015 and accelerated the decision to open a “logistics support base” in Djibouti – two major ruptures with the traditional foreign policy of the PRC. The use of military power is now clearly part of China’s toolbox when it comes to situations involving the security of Chinese nationals overseas. Just like rejecting having military bases overseas was part of China’s identity in international politics until the decision to build Djibouti was taken, the protection of nationals overseas is now an entire part of China’s foreign policy in Xi Jinping’s “new era”. How should such a rapid transformation be explained? And what are its consequences for international security?


    ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Mathieu Duchâtel is Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations and Deputy Director of ECFR’s Asia and China program. Before joining ECFR, he was the representative in Beijing of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (2011-2015). He has co-authored a book on the protection of Chinese nationals overseas, China’s Strong Arm, Protecting Chinese Nationals and Assets Abroad, IISS, Adelphi, Routledge, 2015.

    Speaker | 29 November, 2017

    US-China and the future of bi-lateral negotiations

    What happened when President Trump met with President Xi during his state visit to China earlier this month? Danny Russel has been in the room on numerous occasions when past U.S. and Chinese presidents have met, and has experience leading the negotiations between U.S. and Chinese delegations charged with producing visit “deliverables.” Danny will shed light on how the two governments will approach specific issues impacting the bilateral relations after Trump’s visit to Beijing. He will share his insights into how the two leaders are addressing flashpoints like trade and North Korea, how Americans viewed the President’s trip, and what we should expect from U.S.-China relations moving forward.

    Danny Russel served at the White House as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council from 2011-2013, assisting President Obama in formulating the strategic rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region. A career member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service, Danny also served as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 2013-June 2017. He recently joined the Asia Society Policy Institute in April 2017 as Diplomat in Residence and Senior Fellow.