The Sunday Times Debate: China, The Challenge To The West
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How should western powers respond to the growing threat from China? Nimble, ambitious, strategically aggressive, and backed by huge wealth, technological ability and firepower, modern China is very different from the lumbering and sclerotic autocracies of the 20th Century. The economic growth of China and the increasing prosperity of her citizens has not resulted in the liberalisation of the Communist regime – as the continued repression of the Uyghur minority and tensions over Hong Kong and Taiwan indicate. The past decade has, if anything, strengthened Chinese leaders’ view that economic reform is possible without liberalizing politics. Can China be persuaded to re-engage with a rules-based world order, a stated ambition of the Biden administration? How might this be done – and what levers of international co-operation could be brought into play? The Sunday Times Editor Emma Tucker joins the Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy MP, Leslie Vinjamuri, Director of the US and the Americas programme at Chatham House, and the author and The Times columnist Edward Lucas, to discuss the options for the West.