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China - Friend or Foe?

Vince Cable and Ian Williams

Chaired by Stefan Stern

Wednesday 15th September 2021, 8-9pm

Baillie Gifford Tent

£25/£30

According to many experts, China is already the largest economy on the planet - yet its relations with the rest of the world have deteriorated in recent years, and are now at an all-time low. Is this a passing phase caused by the shockwaves of the Covid pandemic and the personalities of leaders in China and in the USA, or are the current divergences going to become wider and more entrenched, as China grows economically and develops technological leadership?

Join Sir Vince Cable (bestselling author and former leader of the Liberal Democrat Party) and Ian Williams (foreign correspondent for Channel 4 and NBC news for over 25 years) as they discuss the construction of China’s surveillance state, and look at the broader threat this represents to the rest of us. Many other topical questions of global politics and economy will be examined, including the long history of relationships between China and the West, as well as the change in attitudes on both sides of the divide.

How to deal with an increasingly strident, aggressive Beijing is one of the biggest challenges facing the West in what has become a technological campaign of aggression. Can the West learn from its past mistakes and engage successfully with China on many common interests, or are we on the verge of a new Cold War? Come and hear the answer to this and many other important questions in this timely and informative event.

This event is sponsored by Russell-Cooke Solicitors and WSM Private Client

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A copy of The Chinese Conundrum (Hb: £20) and Every Breath You Take (HB: 16.99) will be included with every pair of tickets.

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