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Should We Be Afraid Of The Rise Of China?

Hosted by the Institute of Global Affairs

Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building


Jean-Pierre Raffarin

Jean-Pierre Raffarin

Former French Prime Minister, current special envoy of the French government to China

Shirley Ze Yu

Shirley Ze Yu

Visiting Senior Fellow, Institute of Global Affairs


Erik Berglof

Erik Berglof

Director, Institute of Global Affairs

China’s emergence as a global leader challenges established foundations of current political and economic thinking. What is the optimal form of capitalism? What is the relevance of multilateralism in a world of two dominant powers? Where does the future of Eurasia lie? 

Former French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, current special envoy of the French government to China, will share his views on China and a future Eurasia. As Prime Minister, Raffarin paid an official visit to China during the SARS outbreak in 2003, an important gesture at the time and one of particular relevance today as China faces the NCov-2019 outbreak. 

Jean-Pierre Raffarin (@jpraffarin), former Prime Minister of France, current special envoy of the French government to China. As a French statesman, he held such prominent functions as Senator of Vienne, President of the Region Poitou Charentes, Member of the European Parliament, and Vice-President of the French Senate. French Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises, Commerce and Craft from 1995 to 1997, he was Prime Minister from 2002 to 2005. He led reforms on various topics such as pension, decentralization and health insurance. In 2007, he became vice-President of the right-wing UMP Party. In 2009, French President Sarkozy appointed him as President of the Republic’s personal representative for Francophony : therefore he has been particularly active on the international stage and went to China many times for specific missions. He is also Chairman of the annual French Chinese seminar of the Comité France Chine and of the “Fondation pour la Prospective et l’Innovation”.

Shirley Yu (@shirleyzeyu), Senior Visiting Fellow, Institute of Global Affairs; Asia Fellow, Ash Center of Harvard Kennedy School. Shirley has a unique authority on China at the crossroads of public policy, global business and global media. She is a political economist, a former national TV broadcaster and a seasoned senior executive for multinational listed companies and a board member. She has a strong voice on China’s political economy, digital economy and geopolitics, most recently on geopolitics behind China’s technological rise. 

Erik Berglof (@ErikBerglof), Professor, Department of Economics; Director, Institute of Global Affairs.

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