CIS farewelled its 2023 scholar-in-residence James Mann, by hosting a special panel event with James and Liberal Senator for Victoria James Paterson, moderated by CIS executive director Tom Switzer discussing why the United States became wedded to the idea that China’s political system would inevitably open up and what is Australia’s position in all of this.
Xi Jinping has cemented his position to be ‘president for life’, confirming China’s continued regression to the days of Chairman Mao. Can America and the Biden Administration continue to look the other way when it comes to Xi’s growing authoritarian rule, China’s human rights abuses and its developing presence in the pacific.
How did America’s China fantasy lose its hold? Is it possible it will re-emerge in the future?