The Conundrum of China 2021

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The West’s relationship with China is one of the defining issues of the 21st century. For governments and for business.
This online event is named after an upcoming book by Sir Vince Cable “The China Conundrum: Engagement or Economic War” to be published in the Autumn.

Our distinguished panel will examine the current state of affairs, the options for how to engage with China and the political temperature around all the different options.

  • The latest Covid developments and the international recovery
  • The ongoing treatment of the Uyghurs and the fall out
  • China’s behaviour towards Hong Kong and Taiwan
  • The impact of the new US Presidency and climate change
  • Can Europe, the US, the UK and other democracies respond to China with one voice?

What is the role of international business in China relations?

Can business realistically keep out of the political fray and continue to see China simply as a promising growth market?

Arising from our discussion we hope to begin to identify some principles for future work following on from our paper: China: Friend, Foe or Both?

  • Vince Cable


    The Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable

    Former Business Secretary and Leader of the Liberal Democrats. His book, 'The Chinese Conundrum' is to be published in the Autumn

  • Panelist

    Tim Loughton MP

    Conservative MP, East Worthing and Shoreham, Chair of the APPG for Tibet, one of five British Conservative MPs recently sanctioned by the Chinese regime.

  • Panelist

    Stephen Kinnock MP

    Labour MP for Aberavon. Shadow Minister for Asia and the Pacific

  • Panelist

    Isabel Hilton

    Journalist and CEO, China Dialogue

  • Renaud Girard


    Renaud Girard

    Chief Foreign Correspondent, Le Figaro

  • Moderator

    Annabelle Timsit

    Geopolitics reporter at Quartz, and formerly a global editorial fellow at The Atlantic and writer for Politico Magazine in Washington, DC


Online Event


Tuesday 18th May 2021, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Additional Details


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