China’s Vision of a Digital Order


About the Webinar

What is China’s vision of a digital order? How does it differ from the digital order currently dominated by the West? What does this development mean for other countries, particularly those in Southeast Asia, in terms of the opportunities and risks that these countries will need to come to terms with? Apart from the common features underlying China’s vision and the existing order, there are significant differences which make the West, especially the US, wary. In fleshing out these divergences and assessing their impacts on the world, the speaker will focus on the high-tech war between China and the United States, especially the 5G race, culminating in a potentially fierce competition over industrial standards and the governance of the future digital order. China’s aspiration to become a high-tech superpower poses impending challenges to others. How do countries respond to this China challenge? How do they strike a balance in their relations with China and the United States? How to live with an increasingly confident and assertive China in a digital world?

About the Speaker

Gerald Chan is Professor of Politics and International Relations at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He is Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge, UK, and Senior Research Fellow in New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre at Victoria University of Wellington. Before joining Auckland in 2009, he was Professor of East Asian Politics and Director of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies at Durham University, UK. Prior to that, he was Senior Research Fellow in the Centre of International Studies at Cambridge University. He has published widely on Chinese international relations and foreign policy. His latest sole-authored books include Understanding China’s new diplomacy: Silk Roads and bulletin trains (2018), and China’s maritime Silk Road: advancing global development? (2020), both published by Edward Elgar.


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Apr 08 2021


10:00 am - 11:00 am