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Past Event

Susan L. Shirk: Uncovering China's Past, Present and Future

For decades, China’s ascension to power was promised to be peaceful, with the nation’s leaders adopting a restrained approach to foreign policy and reassuring the outside world of their non-combative intentions. What changed?

Susan L. Shirk provides a sobering, behind-the-scenes account of China’s transformation from fragile superpower to global heavyweight—threatening Taiwan, tightening its grip on Hong Kong, and openly challenging the United States for economic and military dominance.

Hear more about China’s future and what that could mean for the United States and the rest of the world.


In Association with the Asian Pacific Affairs Member-led Forum of The Commonwealth Club of California.

Photo by Jordan Engle.

November 3, 2022

The Commonwealth Club of California
United States

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Susan L. Shirk

Research Professor and Chair of the 21st Century China Center, The School of Global Policy and Strategy, University of California, San Diego; Author, Overreach: How China Derailed Its Peaceful Rise

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Jane Perlez

Foreign Correspondent and Former Beijing Bureau Chief, The New York Times—Moderator