During the 13th National People’s Congress in March, “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era” was incorporated into China’s constitution. In the foreign policy context, President Xi's “New Era” concept indicates a transition to a more active approach to diplomacy, according to some Chinese experts. Still, Xi’s emphasis on “Chinese characteristics” implies that the Chinese government will conduct its international affairs in ways that align with traditional Chinese cultural values, rather than adopt models and principles from the West.
Carnegie–Tsinghua’s Zhang Lihua will moderate a discussion with Chinese scholars who will provide local perspectives on how Chinese traditional cultural values will shape a more active Chinese foreign policy and global role. European scholars will provide international perspectives regarding the degree to which traditional Chinese values have affected Chinese soft power and diplomacy over the last decade.

This event will be held in both Chinese and English with simultaneous translation available.

This event is off the record.

Zhang Lihua

Zhang Lihua is a resident scholar at the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, where her program examines how China’s core values affect Chinese foreign policies. Zhang is also the director of the Research Center for China-EU Relations at the Institute of International Relations at Tsinghua University.

Ye Zicheng

Ye Zicheng is a professor at the School of International Studies at Peking University.

Wang Hongxu

Wang Hongxu is a research fellow at the International Strategy Institute at the Party School of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.

Jean-Charles Galli

Jean-Charles Galli is a research assistant at the Tsinghua University Sino-French Research Center in Social Sciences.

Andreea Budeanu

Andreea Budeanu is a doctoral candidate at the National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations at Paris-Sorbonne University.