On May 3, the Jackson Institute hosted the virtual discussion, “Chinese Conceptions of World Order.”

More than 100 attendees tuned in for the session, which explored how China views its role in the world and how this conception manifests itself in Chinese domestic and foreign policy.

Speakers included Bill Hayton, a journalist at BBC World News TV and the author of three books on Asia, and Eyck Freymann, a doctoral candidate in China Studies at Balliol College, Oxford. They are the authors of two noteworthy new books on the rise of Chinese nationalism and the projection of Chinese global power through the One Belt One Road Initiative.

Susan Thornton, Senior Fellow at the Paul Tsai China Center at Yale Law School and Nonresident Senior Fellow at Brookings, reflected on the significance of these works for the current and future state of U.S.-China relations. 

The discussion was moderated by Arne Westad, Jackson’s Elihu Professor of History and Global Affairs, a scholar of modern international and global history, with a specialization in the history of eastern Asia since the 18th century. Westad has published 16 books, most of which deal with twentieth century Asian and global history. 

View the recording of the discussion