Ever since Xi Jinping’s ascension to the post of General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, China’s politics has taken a decidedly authoritarian turn. From suppressing protests in Hong Kong to imprisoning Uyghur Muslims in “re-education camps,” building a massive AI surveillance state to arresting liberal lawyers, human rights abuses in China abound. Yet, China has become the EU’s number two trading partner and is becoming ever more powerful economically.
On October 23, we will examine what role, if any, Europe should play in China beyond that of a trading partner. To what extent is Europe responsible for speaking up against human rights abuses in China, and to what extent can China justify its political system by invoking national sovereignty ? Do European countries have extra responsibilities to their former colonies (eg. Hong Kong/ Macau) ? What is the role of European art, culture, and literature in China today & how is it being instrumentalized to assert China’s global position ?
Come debate with us this Wednesday at 8 pm in Hamilton 607 to find answers to these questions and more !