About the Speaker
Wang Dong is Associate Professor in the School of International Studies and Executive Deputy Director of the Institute for China-U.S. People to People Exchange at Peking University. He also concurrently serves as Secretary General of the Pangoal Institution, a leading China-based public policy think tank. He is Member of the Steering Committee of the East Asia Security Forum, Chinese Overseas Educated Scholars Association, and member of the Advisory Committee for the Carter Center-Global Times “US-China Young Scholars Forum”. Dr. Wang has written extensively on international relations and China’s foreign policy. His articles and reviews have appeared, among others, in Diplomatic History, The New York Times. He has provided consultation to China’s State Council and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on matters important to Chinese foreign policy. He has been awarded China’s Rising Leader by the National Bureau of Asian Research in 2011, and Munich Young Leader by the Korber Foundation at the Munich Security Conference in 2016. Wang Dong received his Bachelor in law from Peking University and M.A. and PhD in political science from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He taught at York College, Pennsylvania with a tenure-track appointment before joining the faculty of Peking University.
The rise of China and the emergence of India, coupled with the relative decline of the United States, have contributed to the gradual transformation of the existing US-dominated world order into a multipolar world order. China and India enjoy time-honored history of communication and friendship. According to statistics on increasing Sino-Indian economic and trade ties, the two countries in fact should be friends instead of rivals. However, the Doklam standoff also exposes the severe political trust deficit and mutual incomprehension between China and India. During their meeting at the 2017 Xiamen BRICS Summit, Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed that cooperation and friendship should be the main melody of Sino-Indian relations.In the foreseeable future, the gravity of world economy will shift to the Asia-Pacific region, where both China and India are the most crucial rising giants and they cannot be ignored. Consequently, China and India will play a key role in shaping a new world order that should be multipolar, stable and prosperous.
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