Book Talk: Daring to Struggle: China's Global Ambitions Under Xi Jinping by Bates Gill

February 16, 2023 | 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Munk School, Asian Institute

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On February 16, at 2 p.m. ET author and executive director of the Center for China Analysis at the Asia Society, Dr. Bates Gill joined foreign affairs specialist Dr. Ketian Zhang in conversation about Gill’s new book Daring to Struggle: China's Global Ambitions Under Xi Jinping. Professor Lynette Ong chaired this lively online event discussion on China’s foreign policy and ambitions, and the implications for Sino-US and Sino-Canada relations.  
About our Speakers
Dr. Bates Gill is Executive Director of Asia Society Policy Institute’s Center for China Analysis where he leads a team of research fellows, associated researchers, and administrative staff to deliver on the Center’s aim to be a global leader for policy-relevant, objective analysis of China’s politics, economy, and society and its impact on Asia and the world.
Prior to joining the Asia Society, Bates held a number of research and academic leadership positions in the Indo-Pacific, Europe and United States. Most recently, he was professor and chair of the Department of Security Studies and Criminology at Macquarie University in Sydney and was also the inaugural Scholar-in-Residence with the Asia Society Australia. In other previous roles, he served as director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), as the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and as founding director of the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution.
Ketian Vivian Zhang is an Assistant Professor of International Security in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. She studies rising powers, coercion, economic statecraft, maritime disputes, and grand strategy, with a regional focus on China and East Asia. Her book, forthcoming at Cambridge University Press, examines when, why, and how China uses coercion when faced with issues of national security. Other research has appeared in International Security, Journal of Strategic Studies, Journal of Contemporary China, Asia Policy, and Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs.
Lynette H. Ong is Professor of Political Science, jointly appointed at the department and the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. She is an expert on China, having conducted on-the-ground research in the country since the late 1990s. In addition, she has also published on the broader Indo-Pacific region, including Southeast Asia and India. Her research interests lie at the intersection of authoritarianism, contentious politics, and development. She has delivered expert testimonies before the US Congress and the Canadian House of Common. She frequently offers expert commentaries to international and Canadian media.
Munk School, Asian Institute


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Dr. Bates Gill

Executive Director, Center for China Analysis, Asia Society

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Ketian Zhang

Assistant Professor, International Security, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University

Lynette Ong
Lynette Ong

Chair and Moderator
Professor, Department of Political Science and Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto