Following the outbreak of COVID-19 and the protests in Hong Kong we may see a change in relations between China and the West. In a series of conversations brought to you by the Lau China Institute at King's College London we explore relations between China and the West. In the wake of pandemics and political upheavals we ask, ‘what next for China and the West?’
In episode one we speak with Lord Jim O'Neill about trade and why he believes it will continue to define relations with China. Lord O’Neill sets out why he believes the importance of the Chinese consumer to western economies will continue to play a defining role in relations between China and the West.
In next week’s episode Professor Kerry Brown sits down with Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, Emeritus Professor of War Studies King's College London, to discuss security and big power politics. Sir Lawrence will discuss how big powers shape geopolitics and why China might not necessarily choose to take on the role of global superpower, at least in the short term.
The Lau China Institute is a global centre for the research, study and understanding of contemporary China based within the School of Global Affairs.