The establishment of the People’s Republic of China was a remarkable event in the 20th century. It opened up a new era in Chinese history and marked a change in the course of world history. China’s diplomacy started prior to the founding of the Republic. The fundamental purpose of China’s diplomacy has been to serve the great historical journey of the Chinese people to gain independence, to start economic reconstruction and to proceed with their modernisation drive. In the initial stage of China’s diplomacy, Mao Zedong Thought paved way for New China to be able to stand on its own feet among the family of nations. In the 1980s, Deng Xiaoping Theory led a major adjustment of China’s diplomacy, and initiated an “independent foreign policy of peace.” In the new decades of the 21st century, the international situation has undergone profound changes. Under the guidance of Xi Jinping’s diplomatic thought, Chinese diplomacy has grown with a profound global vision and grand diplomatic strategy.
About the Speaker
Su Ge is Co-Chair of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC), Chairman of the China National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (CNCPEC), and former President of the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS).
He also serves as Director of the Centre for Chinese Diplomatic Studies. He joined CIIS in 2000 as Vice President and Senior Research Fellow. Before that, he was a professor at the Foreign Affairs College and doctoral supervisor at Tsinghua University. He served consecutively as Minister Counsellor in the Chinese Embassy in the USA (2003-2006), Ambassador to the Republic of Suriname (2006-2009) and Ambassador to the Republic of Iceland (2009-2013). He was President of the China Institute of International Studies from 2015 to 2018.
Dr Su received his MA and PhD in international and area studies from Brigham Young University. He was a Post-doctorate at Harvard University and Beijing Foreign Studies University. He was a Senior Fulbright Fellow at Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University and George Washington University.
Dr Su is author of American China Policy and the Taiwan Issue, and International Situation in the New Century and China’s Response.
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