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Coronavirus Will Reshape the World Order in China's Favor
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Upcoming Debate June 3, 2020
Coronavirus Will Reshape the World Order in China's Favor

How might coronavirus reshape geopolitics? For some, the answer is clear: China is on the rise. While Washington embraces “America First” and abdicates its global leadership role, they argue, Beijing is stepping up to fill the void. By providing material assistance to struggling nations, organizing world leaders, and trumpeting its own virus response, China is vying for power and influence. But others see a global future where Beijing’s standing is diminished, not bolstered. They argue the Chinese Communist Party’s mismanagement and lack of transparency around the virus will spark lasting mistrust and condemnation from friends and foes alike. Meanwhile, they say, an economic slowdown coupled with domestic unrest around lockdown policies will challenge Xi Jinping’s authority at home and abroad. 

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Kurt M. Campbell − CEO, The Asia Group & Former Diplomat
Kurt M. Campbell is the CEO of The Asia Group and the former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific... read bio
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Kishore Mahbubani − Former President, UN Security Council & Author, "Has China Won?"
Kishore Mahbubani is an academic and former Singaporean diplomat. He previously served as president of the United... read bio
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Minxin Pei − Scholar & Author, "China's Crony Capitalism"
Minxin Pei is an expert on U.S.-Asia relations and the author of “China’s Crony Capitalism: The Dynamics of... read bio
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Susan Thornton − Senior Fellow, Yale's Paul Tsai China Center & Former Diplomat
Susan Thornton is an American diplomat who spent more than 28 years at the State Department, focusing on East and... read bio
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