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  • Speaker | 26 September, 2017

    Foreign policy implications of the 19th Party Congress

    Xi Jinping is likely to stay close to the core agenda, both domestic and external, that we have seen so far, argues our speaker Dr. David Kelly.

    Less risk-averse externally than domestically, Xi has moved from Deng Xiaoping’s ‘hiding and biding’ to ‘new-style major power diplomacy’, i.e. being proactive.

    He proposed a ‘China Solution’ at the Hangzhou G20 summit a year ago, packaging up some major policy items: Belt and Road, AIIB, safeguarding global trade, combatting global warming, gaining the right to be heard, promoting communities of common destiny, win-win cooperation, etc.

    These claims to be ‘taking the lead’ internationally accelerated with Brexit and Trump, giving Beijing a windfall publicity advantage. In many if not all cases, these initiatives are encountering headwinds. North Korea is the main case in point, says Dr. Kelly, but challenges are emerging over the map, and Wolf Warrior II may not prove a reliable guide to solving them.


    Dr David Kelly is research director at China Policy, where he provides expert advice to large public and private sector organisations on the commercial impact of China’s external policies. His areas of specialisation include China’s financial diplomacy, the global economic impact of China’s governance model, and political risk.

    First studying in China in 1975-76, David took an Honours degree in philosophy and social sciences from Sydney University before completing a PhD in Chinese studies. He held a post-doctoral fellowship at ANU, and a Fulbright Fellowship in Chinese studies at the University of Chicago. He held a research position at the ANU, taught at the Australian Defence Force Academy and held a professorship the University of Technology Sydney in a research career that led to many authored and co-authored books and journal articles. He was appointed Senior Research Fellow, East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore (2004-08).

    He joined Philippa Jones in setting up China Policy in 2011, where he worked in database development, governance and politics, and now directs research on geopolitics. He has held a visiting professorship at Peking University’s Institute of Sociology and Anthropology. A sought-after commentator, he regularly appears in international print and broadcast media, often discussing the external impact of China’s internal governance.

    DATE: Sept 26 (Tuesday) 6-7:30pm
    VENUE:Embassy of the Czech Republic, 2 Ritan Lu, Jianguomenwai
    ENTRANCE:FCCC Members free, Non-members: 100RMB.

    Speaker | 20 September, 2017

    China: peacekeeper and peacebuilder

    Please note this event will start at 5:30pm sharp.

    China’s increased engagement in UN peacekeeping operations is a positive development, says Bernardo Mariani, Head of Saferworld’s China Programme that is opening up new avenues to strengthen the current international peacekeeping regime. However, with peacekeeping operations becoming more complex and increasingly focusing on ‘peacebuilding’, China, alongside other international actors, will be tested for the goal of building peace in post-conflict environments. In this presentation, Mariani  will look into the changing nature of multi-dimensional peacekeeping operations and the implications of China’s increased engagement in UN peacekeeping for the current international peacekeeping regime and for improved peace, security, and long-term development in Africa’s conflict-affected and fragile states.


    Bernardo Mariani is a conflict and security analyst. Since 2008 he has directed Saferworld’s China Programme, which undertakes research, raises awareness and promotes international dialogue on China’s growing international role, particularly relating to conflict prevention, development and addressing peace and security challenges in conflict-affected states. Previously he has managed and implemented advocacy and research activities in the fields of conflict prevention and peacebuilding across Europe and Russia. He has also worked for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the European Commission, researching and advising on addressing trans-regional security threats.

    His publications include: Central Asia at a crossroads: Russia and China’s changing roles in the region and the implications for peace and stability (Saferworld, 2015); China’s role in UN peacekeeping operations (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015); China and conflict-affected states: between principle and pragmatism (Saferworld, 2012); and China’s growing role in African peace and security (Saferworld, 2011).