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Dare to Debate – The Rise of China

30 September 2021 | 12.00 – 13.30 (CEST)  | National Liberal Club, London and Online


The tectonic plates have been shifting eastwards.  How should Western liberal powers respond to an increasingly confident and nationalistic China?  Should the UK and the EU distinguish their foreign policies from those of the US and pursue a path of constructive engagement, or regard China as a hegemonic force to be constrained?   

The Paddy Ashdown Forum in association with European Liberal Form is pleased to co-host an Oxford Union-style debate at the National Liberal Club (with live-streaming) on the controversial topic of The Rise of China   

The Motion for debate : This House believes China is interested in coexistence rather than domination. 

Keynote address and welcome by Antonios Nestoras, Policy and Research Coordinator of the European Liberal Forum

Speakers include:

  • Professor Michael Mainelli, Executive Chairman, Z/Yen Group
  • Rebecca Tinsley, author, and Founder of Network for Africa
  • Laia Comerma, LYMEC
  • Dr. Tomasz Kaminski, University of Lodz 


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