China and the World: Collaboration, Competition, Confrontation?

China and the World: Collaboration, Competition, Confrontation?

6/26/21 - 7/3/21

Under President Xi Jinping’s rule, the world’s most populous country has been working toward fulfilling the “China Dream” of global leadership, positioning itself inside a “superpower marathon” with the United States. Now, amid a trade war, the arrival of COVID-19 has been met with harsh rhetoric from both sides, further straining U.S.-China relations.

In this week of geopolitics, economics and cultural exploration, we consider China’s role in the world after COVID-19 and whether it emerges stronger or weaker politically and economically. How is it leveraging the pandemic in its recovery and in its efforts to overtake the U.S. as the global leader in technology, and how is the U.S. responding? Is China an unstoppable force or has it already peaked?

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China and the World: Collaboration, Competition, Confrontation?
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    The Reverend Dr. Liz Theoharis is Co-Chair, with the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, which organized the largest coordinated wave of nonviolent civil disobedience in 21st Century America, and has since emerged as one of the nation’s...

  • Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis - Monday

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