The Rupture: A Revolution in China Policy? w/ Andrew Small
On the occasion of the publication of Andrew Small’s recent book, The Rupture: China and the Global Race for the Future, LSE IDEAS China Foresight hosts a panel discussion focusing on the drivers of China policy across Europe and beyond. The discussion traces US efforts to recast relations with old allies, charts Europe’s role in the technological and economic contest, and examines Beijing’s attempts to build a coalition of its own, from Moscow to Taliban-run Kabul.
About the book
This is the inside story of a revolution in China policy, from Washington to Brussels, Berlin to New Delhi. The Rupture explains how many of the Western politicians, thinkers and business leaders closest to Beijing have become its sharpest opponents; how the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically accelerated this collective rethink; and why 5G represents the first test case as to whether China may win the battle for the future.
Noted China expert Andrew Small offers a kaleidoscopic picture of a rivalry ranging far beyond ‘great power’ politics. He traces US efforts to recast relations with old allies, as Washington realises that it cannot confront China alone, charting Europe’s growing role in the technological and economic contest, and Beijing’s attempts to build a coalition of its own, from Moscow to Taliban-run Kabul.
As competition grows between systems, the Western model itself is transforming—for China’s rise changes the balance of ideas as much as the balance of power.
About the speakers
Andrew Small is a senior transatlantic fellow with the Asia program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. His research focuses on U.S.-China relations, Europe-China relations, and broader developments in Chinese foreign and economic policy. He previously worked as a visiting fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, as the director of the Foreign Policy Centre’s Beijing office, and was an ESU scholar in the office of Senator Edward M. Kennedy. He is the author of The China-Pakistan Axis: Asia’s New Geopolitics, published by Hurst / Oxford University Press. His new book, The Rupture: China and the Global Race for the Future was named one of the politics books of the year by the Financial Times.
Elizabeth Ingleson is an assistant professor in the International History department at the London School of Economics. Prior to her appointment, she was a Henry Chauncey Jr. ’57 Postdoctoral Associate at Yale University’s International Security Studies. She has held fellowships at the University of Virginia and Southern Methodist University and earnt her Ph.D. in history from the University of Sydney. Her first book, Making Made in China: The Transformation of U.S.-China Trade in the 1970s (under contract with Harvard University Press), explores how the United States and China rebuilt trade ties in the 1970s after over twenty years of isolation – and in the process unwittingly reshaped global capitalism. She has written a number of articles and chapters on various aspects of U.S.-China relations and U.S. capitalism and is additionally writing a book under contract with Bloomsbury Academic, China and the United States since 1949: An International History.
Chris Alden is Director of LSE IDEAS and Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
More information about the event
This event is hosted by LSE IDEAS
Event hashtags: #LSEChinaForesight
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