China’s Foreign Policy Transformation: What? Why? Whither? and Implications for China and Southeast Asia


About the Seminar

The talk provides an assessment of China’s foreign policy transformation over the past several years and what this means for Southeast Asia. There has been changes in the principles of China’s foreign policy that has led to the co-existence of old and new elements. On the one hand, there is still continuity in terms of the familiar “Bu” (不) or “Nos” such as “non-interference”, “not to seek Chinese hegemony”, and “no to conflict or confrontation”. On the other hand, a number of new terminologies and thrusts have emerged such as “China’s constructive role”, “China’s leadership”, “China’s solutions”, and “sharing of China’s experience”. This co-existence reflects the complexity of the transformation. While China is adapting to the “unprecedented big change” in the international order, it is at the same time seeking parallel and alternative multilateral arrangements and is aspiring to “build a community of shared future”.

About the Speaker

Pang Zhongying, currently Visiting Senior Fellow at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute, is a Professor of Global Governance and International Area Studies and Dean of the National Institute of Marine Development at Ocean University in Qingdao, China. He taught international affairs at Renmin University in Beijing for a decade and was founding Dean of the Sun Yet-sen University School of International Relations in Guangzhou. He was Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies (CNAPS). He was Guest Professor at the Interdisciplinary Centre for East Asian Studies (IZO) and Department of Political Science at the Goethe University and was a principal member of the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF/HSFK) project titled “A Twenty-First Century Concert of Powers”. In Singapore, he was Visiting Senior Fellow at the East Asian Institute and RSIS on two separate occasions. In 2018, he was invited by the National Resilience Institute of Republic of Indonesia (Lemhannas RI) to speak at the Jakarta Geopolitical Forum. He was a non-career political diplomat at the Chinese Embassy in Jakarta from 1999 to 2001.

For registration, please click on this link. Registration closes on 18 February 2020.


Feb 20 2020


10:00 am - 11:30 am


ISEAS Seminar Room 2