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The Rise of China: Understanding its Current Quest for Global Power

May 9 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

As Xi Jinping begins his unprecedented third term as chairman of the Chinese Communist Party and tensions loom large over China – U.S. relations, Susan Shirk, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs,  will share her research on what is driving the changes she first noticed in China in the early 2000s. Explaining the personalistic system of politics in the one party communist China, she will lay out how the country’s foreign and domestic policies have diminishing returns in a faltering global economy, summarizing the analysis from her most recent book, Overreach: How China Derailed its Peaceful Rise.  Books will be available for purchase through a partnership with ClevoBooks.


5:30 PM Reception

6:00 PM Program begins

6:45 PM Q&A

7:15 PM Program concludes

Admission: Non-Members $25; Members $15; Students admitted free with support from the Dr. and Mrs. Wael and Sawssan Khoury Students’ Fund.

Location: The Union Club, 1211 Euclid Ave. Cleveland, Ohio 44115.

Parking: Parking at the Union Club is $10 for valet service. Additional parking options include other lots in the downtown area and street parking. CCWA also encourages walking, biking, or public transportation.

Register below: 

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In light of the ongoing evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic, the health and safety of our members, speakers, and staff remain a priority for the Cleveland Council on World Affairs.

We ask that all Foreign Policy Forum attendees agree to maintain vigilance to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by:

Refraining from attending Foreign Policy Forum events if you:

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Agreeing to comply with requests, such as masking, if necessary, made by CCWA staff to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Questions? Contact Amy Moniot, Manager of Programming at / 216 255 9006.


May 9
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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(216) 781-3730
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The Union Club
1211 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115 United States
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