The Chinese Conundrum: Engagement or Economic War

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Sir Vince Cable in conversation with Annabelle Timsit

As a follow up to Radix’s recent webinars on relations between China and the West, former Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Business Secretary, Sir Vince Cable, will be ‘in conversation’ with Annabelle Timsit, breaking news reporter for London at The Washington Post, discussing his new book “The Chinese Conundrum”.

This unique book, about the relationship between China and the West in the light of the Covid pandemic and the recent election of Joe Biden as president of the United States, is formally published on 24th September. Radix, however, is able to offer its supporters a sneak preview as Vince is quizzed by one of the leading journalists in the field, Annabelle having worked previously as geopolitics reporter for Quartz.

Those that register in advance for the webinar will also be amongst the first to have the opportunity purchase Vince’s book.

Introduction to The Chinese Conundrum

According to many experts, China is already the largest economy on the planet – yet its relations with the rest of the world have deteriorated in recent years, and are now at an all-time low. Is this a passing phase caused by the shockwaves of the Covid pandemic and the personalities of leaders in China and in the USA, or are the current divergences going to become wider and more entrenched, as China grows economically and develops technological leadership? Can the West learn from its past mistakes and engage successfully with China on many common interests, or are we on the verge of a new Cold War?

In The Chinese Conundrum, Vince Cable – author of the Sunday Times number-one bestseller “The Storm: The World Economic Crisis and What it Means” – provides an answer to these and many other topical questions of global politics and economy, examining the long history of relationships between China and the West, as well as the change in attitudes on both sides of the divide, with a particular focus on the possible repercussions of the recent election of Joe Biden as president of the United States. The result is a gripping, insightful and accessible investigation into the intricacies of today’s economic and geopolitical situation.

  • Vince Cable

    Sir Vince Cable

    MP for Twickenham for twenty years, retiring in 2019. Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills and President of the Board of Trade in the Coalition government between 2010 and 2015.

  • Annabelle Timsit

    Breaking news reporter at The Washington Post and formerly a geopolitics reporter at Quartz, global editorial fellow at The Atlantic and writer for Politico Magazine in Washington, DC


Online Event


Tuesday 21st September 2021, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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You can pre-order a copy of The Chinese Conundrum: Engagement or Economic War by Sir Vince Cable at a special discount of 30% on the retail price (retail price: £20.00; discounted price: £14.00) by using the coupon code VCABLE at check-out. The offer is valid until 15th September 2021.

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