One of the greatest geopolitical challenges facing the West in the 21st century is the rise of China as an economic and military power. China’s role as a “currency manipulator” has become a U.S. Presidential campaign issue, affecting the realms of both domestic and foreign policy.
President Obama has described China as an “adversary” and part of his geopolitical shift in the last four years has to been to focus American influence and military power away from the energy-rich Middle East toward the Asia Pacific. Meanwhile, China’s extraordinary growth has advanced an ongoing internal debate in the West about America’s supposed “decline”.
But what does China’s ascendancy really mean in geopolitical and economic terms? And how will it affect the West and its Pacific allies – notably Australia – in the coming decades?
By kind invitation of Fabian Hamilton MP, The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to a discussion with Michael Danby MP (left), Member of the Australian House of Representatives and Chairman of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, and a leading member of the World Movement for Democracy.
Mr. Danby will offer his perspective on the rise of China and the ramifications this will have for the rest of the world. He will discuss what we are likely to see happening in Asia in the coming years, what those involved in the region need to keep in mind in the context of China’s ascendancy, and why maintaining the US alliance system in Asia is as important now as it has ever been.
1 – 2pm, Thursday 8th November 2012. Committee Room 6, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. RSVP to Emily.firstname.lastname@example.org