China has experienced uniquely turbulent relations with its neighbors and Western countries as Chinese leader Xi Jinping seeks to restore what he believes is the country’s natural position as a great power. With Xi’s unmatched political authority, this sense of mission drives the nation's foreign policy. In his new book, “The Dragon Roars Back: Transformational Leaders and Dynamics of Chinese Foreign Policy,” Suisheng Zhao takes a leadership-centered approach to analyzing shifts in Chinese foreign policy since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949.  

On October 24, USIP, in cooperation with the SAIS China Research Center, hosted a conversation with Suisheng Zhao on China’s emergence as a global power, the forces that have shaped its international behavior and the implications for the United States.

Speakers

Suisheng Zhao
Professor and Director, Center for China-U.S. Cooperation, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver 

David Bulman
Jill McGovern and Steven Muller Assistant Professor of China Studies and U.S. Director of the Pacific Community Initiative, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies 

Carla Freeman, moderator  
Senior Expert, China Program, U.S. Institute of Peace 

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