Tuesday 6 July 2021 7:30 - 8:30pm
There is a common concern that Chinese nationalism under Xi Jinping affects China’s foreign policy, but debate exists as to the exact nature of the relationship. To what extent does it influence policy, and what can be expected from it? This talk will examine the connections between the two, outlining China’s main foreign policy strategies in the Asia-Pacific and the role nationalism plays in China’s behaviour. Joseph will offer his own analysis of the situation and some takeaways for Aotearoa New Zealand’s own relationship with China, based on his doctoral research on the subject.
Joseph was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and grew up near Akron, Ohio, in the United States. He completed his Honors Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies with a Minor in Chinese at Bowling Green State University, as well as a Chinese Language Certificate at Shandong University in Jinan, China. In 2016 he moved to Canberra, Australia to begin a Master of International Relations at the Australian National University, in which his thesis examined Xi Jinping’s public speeches on China’s foreign policy in the Asia-Pacific. In 2017 he moved to Auckland to begin a PhD in Asian Studies at the University of Auckland, in which he is researching the connections between Chinese state nationalism and foreign policy.
Please register for this talk so we can plan seating for the expected numbers. A small donation on arrival at the door is appreciated.