China's Search for a Grand Strategy

Wang Jisi, Dean, School of International Studies, Peking University

In recent years, China’s power and influence relative to those of other great states have outgrown the expectations of even its own leaders. This was exemplified by its strong reactions to the following chain of events in 2010: Washington’s decision to sell arms to Taiwan, U.S.-South Korean military exercises in the Yellow Sea, and Japan’s detention of a Chinese sailor found in disputed waters. Yet, whether China has a grand strategy to support its newfound power and influence is open to debate. As China’s power and influence continues to rise, so too will its need to develop a cohesive strategy. The international community will also need to understand China’s strategic thinking and try to forecast how it might evolve. At this third annual Dr. Scholl Foundation Lecture on U.S.-China Relations, Wang Jisi will offer his thoughts on the intricacies behind the creation of a grand strategy for China and his recommendations for the way forward.

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This initiative, made possible by the Dr. Scholl Foundation, seeks to bring to Chicago one high-level, well respected American or Chinese policymaker, government official or thought leader to deliver a major public lecture on key policy issues facing U.S.-China relations.