Tian Xia and the Evolution of Chinese Leadership: former New York Times Asia Correspondent Howard French on his Book “Everything Under the Heavens"

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Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

Tuesday, April 3, 20185:00PM - 7:00PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs
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French describes the foundation of a resilient Pax Sinica as “a basic proposition that was reasonably consistent: accept our superiority and we will confer upon you political legitimacy...”, a tribute system that dates back as far as the Han dynasty. Through its nine-dash- line diplomacy and beyond, is China is now “increasingly determined to brook no rivals in the region”, including the USA? Join Howard French in an insightful discussion of how, based on its history, China might exercise its growing national power in the decades ahead.

Howard French reported from Africa for The Washington Post and at The New York Times was bureau chief in Central America and the Caribbean, West and Central Africa; Japan; and China. He has also written for The Atlantic, The New York Review of Books, and Rolling Stone, among other U.S. publications. His work has earned him two Overseas Press Club awards and two Pulitzer Prize nominations. He is the author of A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa and China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa. Mr. French is on the faculty of the Columbia University School of Journalism and lives in New York City.


Mayumi Yamaguchi


Howard French
Professor of Journalism, Columbia Journalism School, Columbia University

Randall Hansen
Opening Remarks
Interim Director, Munk School of Global Affairs Director, Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies Professor, Political Science

Lynette Ong
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Asian Institute

Diana Fu
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science


Manulife Financial Corporation


Asian Institute

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