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The China Challenge as Myth and Reality


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Speaker(s): Professor Chen Jian
Chair: Professor Arne Westad

Recorded on 8 October 2008 in Old Theatre, Old Building.

Few countries have experienced changes as dramatic as did China in the past century - and the past quarter century in particular. From a "revolutionary country" to a "status quo power," and from an "outsider" to an "insider" of the existing international system, the realities of the grand transformation in China's state, society and international outlook have often been obscured by all kinds of myths. For the purpose of highlighting the realities and deconstructing the myths, Professor Chen discusses the origins, processes and implications of China's rise from the perspective of a historian of China's international relations.

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