Dealing with the Rise of China: A Malaysian Perspective | A Public Lecture @ UP Asian Center

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The UP Asian Center will be hosting a public lecture by Dr. Abdul Razak Baginda, "Dealing with the Rise of China: A Malaysian Perspective," on 16 August 2017*, 9:00 am to 10:30 am, Seminar Room, UP Asian Center, QC. The lecture is free and open to the public, but seating is first-come, first-served, and participants are encouraged to register online. 


China has arrived on the world stage. Its gargantuan "One Belt One Road" project epitomises its ambition to play a global role. To some, China provides some hope in an environment that could be described as "a global economic growth grinding to a halt." While for others, China is seen as taking the opportunity to play a dominant power and inevitably perhaps ending up as a hegemon.  Not surprisingly, there has been a myriad of evaluations as well as prognosis on China's current and future positions in Asia and in the world.  Given the multi-dimensional powers of China, how does one begin to evaluate this new superpower? What should be the considerations for states when dealing with China? This lecture will try to provide a perspective on how to assess and evaluate China. 


Abdul Razak Baginda, PhD is President of ICON Centre for Global Affairs, a private think tank in Malaysia. He was formerly Head of Strategic Studies and International Relations, Malaysian Armed Forces Defence College; Executive Director, Malaysian Strategic Research Centre; and Senior Associate Member, St Antony's College, Oxford. He received his doctorate in International Relations from the University of Oxford, writing on "China-Malaysia Relations and Foreign Policy" for his thesis, subsequently published by Routledge.


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This was earlier reported as August 15. We apologize for the oversight, and hope that if you saw the August 15 version of this announcement, please share it to anyone you may told.

The UP Asian Center offers M.A. degrees in Asian Studies with four fields of specialization: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia. The Center also has an M.A. program in Philippine Studies that allows students to major in Philippine society and culture, Philippine foreign relations, or Philippine development studies. The Center offers a Ph.D. program in Philippine Studies in conjunction with the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. Get an overview of these programs. The Asian Center also houses a peer-reviewed, open-access journal, Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia. It has published several books and monographs, and hosts or organizes various lectures and conferences.

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