Munk Debates to Feature Kissinger on China

As part of his publicity tour for his new book, On China, Henry Kissinger will be visiting Toronto. There, he will participate in a Munk Debate taking on China’s economic rise. From the Globe and Mail:

The topic for the June 17 event, to be announced Thursday, is “The 21st century will belong to China.” Arguing in favour of the proposition will be Niall Ferguson, a British economic historian and author, who will be supported by David Daokui Li of Beijing’s Tsinghua University School of Economics.

On the other side of the debate will be Mr. Kissinger and Fareed Zakaria, editor-at-large at Time magazine and host of his eponymous international affairs show on CNN.

“China’s rise is certainly one of the big existential questions we as a country, as well as the world, are going to confront in the 21st century,” said Rudyard Griffiths, who will moderate the debate. “At this point in [Mr. Kissinger’s] career, as a senior global statesman, to get on a stage and also argue against the prospect of China overtaking the United States, that will be a surprise to a lot of Chinese, and Americans as well.”

The debate can be watched live at 7 pm EST tonight (June 17) on the Globe and Mail site.


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