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Public seminar

China’s Foreign Policy Dilemma

Speaker: Linda Jakobson
Date: Monday 6 May 2013
Time: 5.15pm – 6.30pm, refreshments served from 5pm
Venue: Molonglo Theatre
Vodcast: Watch the seminar

Linda Jakobson

Linda Jakobson, East Asia Program Director at the Lowy Institute for International Policy, will assess the main foreign policy challenges facing China’s new leaders. What kind of foreign policy will the world’s second largest economy pursue under Xi Jinping’s leadership and what will be the focal points? Jakobson will also elaborate on recent foreign policy appointments made in the government realignment following the National People’s Congress and shed light on the implications of the make-up of China’s foreign policy leadership.

Linda Jacobson has lived and worked in China for 20 years and published six books about China and East Asian society. A Mandarin speaker, she has published extensively on China’s foreign and security policy, the Taiwan Strait, China’s energy security, and climate change and science & technology polices.

Prior to joining the Lowy Institute, Ms Jakobson served as Director of the China and Global Security Programme and Senior Researcher at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). From 1998 to 2009 she worked for the Finnish Institute of International Affairs.

Ms Jakobson was a Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1990. The Finnish edition of her book, A Million Truths: A Decade in China (M. Evans, New York, 1998) won the Finnish Government Publication Award. Her SIPRI Policy Paper, New Foreign Policy Actors in China (co-authored with Dean Knox) was awarded an Alibi in 2010. She has written two Lowy Institute publications: Australia-China Ties: in Search of Political Trust (2012) and China’s Foreign Policy Dilemma (2013).

This presentation is part of the National Security College’s public seminar series.

The National Security College is a joint initiative of the Commonwealth Government and ANU.

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