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China in Global Governance: Bridging Domestic Interests and Outward Actions Debate

23 August 2017 |  15:00 - 17:00

At this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Chinese president Xi Jinping made a forceful speech in defence of free trade. Some saw this speech as signalling Beijing’s desire to play a greater global role. But is China really aspiring for global leadership? What role does Beijing want to play in the international arena and what might be the implications of this for other nations?

Many puzzles and contentions exist about China’s changing role in global governance across a range of areas from regional financial integration to global climate change.  The recent political changes in the world, including last year’s electoral results in the US, Brexit, the European migrant crisis, and the US retreatment from the Paris Agreement, have triggered heated debates about the changing structure of global governance.

What opportunities and challenges do these changes bring China as it strives to solidify its leadership role in global governance? How do China’s domestic interest groups perceive such opportunities and challenges? How do China’s domestic political preferences and economic interests match the country’s active outward expansion during the time of the above-mentioned changes in international politics? What implications does China’s evolving role in global governance have for Europe?

This roundtable discussion, organised by the LeidenAsiaCentre at Leiden University Campus The Hague will bring together China experts from academia, think tanks, and government to discuss these questions and assess China’s global ambitions.

The speakers will be:

  • Shaun Breslin, Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick.
  • Frans-Paul van der Putten, Senior Research Fellow at Clingendael (Netherlands Institute of International Relations).
  • Sandra Heep, Independent Scholar.
We invite you to join the discussion together with our speakers. If you would like to attend, please send an email to to register.


23 August 2017
15:00 - 17:00


Wijnhaven Complex Room 3.60
Turfmarkt 99
Den Haag, Zuid-Holland 2511DP Nederland
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071-527 2541

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