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The Munk Debate on China

Increasingly in the West, China is being characterized as a threat to the liberal international order, one that must be overcome through economic, political, technological and even military means. For those who believe that the policies of the Chinese Communist Party pose a threat to free and open societies, the U.S. and like-minded nations must band together to push back against China to preserve a rules based international order. For others this approach spells disaster. It ignores the history and dynamics propelling China’s rise to superpower status. Rather than threatening the post-war order, China is its best, and maybe only, guarantor in an era of declining U.S. leadership, increased regional instability and slowing global growth.

Arguing the affirmative is H.R. McMaster, the former U.S. National Security Advisor and decorated military officer. He will be joined by Michael Pillsbury, a key advisor on China to President Donald Trump and director for Chinese strategy at the Hudson Institute.

Speaking against the resolution is Kishore Mahbubani, former president of the United Nations Security Council, and past dean of the National University of Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. He is joined by Huiyao Wang, the Founder and President of the Center for China and Globalization in Beijing and an acclaimed scholar of China's impact on the global economy.

Broadcast live.

This is a free event.
Show Dates + Times
Thu, May 9 @ 6:45 pm

Lincoln Theater