Xi Jinping and China’s Foreign Policy Priorities in 2021

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Xi Jinping and China’s Foreign Policy Priorities in 2021

21st December 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Next year marks the centenary of the founding of the Communist Party of China. For Xi Jinping it is the first milestone in completing his ‘China Dream’, the last being 2049 which marks 100 years since the founding of the People’s Republic. By this point Xi hopes to restore China as a great nation, one which is not victimised by other countries, as China was before, but instead leads them.

This ambition has real implications for both Asia and the rest of the world. Anyone predicting a post-Coronavirus retreat by Beijing has been proven wrong. Its positions have hardened in the South China Sea and the Taiwan Strait. While tariffs have been slapped on Australian produce and military clashes have resumed along its border with India. Further afield the US-China tension continue to mount as Beijing seeks to peel European powers away from Washington. No wonder “wolf warrior diplomacy” has entered the lexicon of China-watchers around the world. Given this increased assertiveness what are China’s foreign policy priorities, under the leadership of Xi Jinping, for 2021?

Last month Routledge published, as part of its Think Asia series, Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy under Xi Jinping. This edited volume grapples with an array of issues from China’s rivalry with the USA to the country’s regional security ambitions. Therefore, it is the Henry Jackson Society’s pleasure to invite the book’s co-editors Dr. Jagannath P. Panda and Professor Arthur Shuhfan Ding, and chapter contributor Atmaja Gohain Baruah to discuss this pertinent topic.


Arthur Shuhfan Ding
Professor Emeritus, National Chenghi University (NCCU), Taipei

Dr. Jagannath P. Panda
Research Fellow and Centre Coordinator for East Asia at the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, India

Atmaja Gohain Baruah
PhD Research Scholar at the Department of Comparative Asian Studies at National University of Singapore

Gray Sergeant 
Research Fellow, Asia Studies Centre



21st December 2020
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


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