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Debate | Roundtable

China’s changing role in the global governance and its implications for Europe

  • Frank Pieke
  • Shaun Breslin
  • Sandra Heep
  • Frans-Paul van der Putten
Wednesday 23 August 2017
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP Den Haag

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 leadership role. Meanwhile, the recent political changes in the world, including the electoral results in the US, Brexit, the European migrant crisis, and US retreat from the Paris Agreement, have triggered heated debates about the changing structure of global governance.

What opportunities and challenges do these changes bring to 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?

Convener is Dr. Jue Wang , Lecturer of Chinese Economy and International Political Economy at Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS).  Her research examines both China’s domestic economic development, specifically the political and economic reforms since 1978, and China’s role in the global political economy, particularly its relationship with international economic institutions such as the WTO, IMF, World Bank and Asian Development Bank.


  • Dr. Frank Pieke holds the Chair of Modern China Studies at Leiden University and is Executive Director of the LeidenAsiaCentre. His research focuses on the rule and organization of the Chinese Communist Party in the context of China’s globalization and market reform, as well as international migration. He is author of Knowing China: A Twenty-First Century Guide (2016) and The Good Communist: Elite Training and State Building in Today's China (2009).


  • Dr. Shaun Breslin is Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick and a leading expert in Chinese politics and economy, globalization and regionalism, governance and International Political Economy (IPE). He is author of China and the Global Political Economy (2007), Mao (1998), and China in the 1980s: Centre-Province Relations in a Reforming Socialist State (1996), as well as co-author of numerous other titles. He is also co-editor of the Pacific Review.
  • Dr. Frans-Paul van der Putten is a Senior Research Fellow at Clingendael Netherland Institute of International Relations. At Clingendael, he is a co-coordinator for Clingendael Geostrategic Risks and a co-editor for Clingendael’s New Silk Road Forum. His research focuses on understanding the rise of China as a major power and of China’s New Silk Road strategy. He has published articles in a wide range of international newspapers and journals.
  • Dr. Sandra Heep is an independent scholar with a research focus on China’s political economy and China’s role in global finance. She is also a senior policy advisor in the G20 project of the German Federal Ministry of Finance. Previously, she headed the Economic Policy and Financial System programme at the Mercator Institute for China Studies. She also held positions as a lecturer at the Institute of Chinese Studies at Freiburg University and as a research associate at the Institute of Asian Studies at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies.

The roundtable will be followed by drinks in the Brasserie

We invite you to join the discussion together with our speakers. If you would like to attend, please send an email to events@leidenasiacentre.nl to register.

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