China and The World in the 21st Century

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Saturday, 5 November 2016

09:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Auditorium IDFR Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations Jalan Wisma Putra, Bukit Petaling, 50460 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur

JUST Lecture: China and the World in the 21st Century

China has defied the odds by on the one hand confounding those who predicted that its rise would not last and on the other hand overwhelmingly succeeding in meeting the (often optimistic) projections of the last decade. But what next? China now has to shift its economy to a very different paradigm, no easy feat. At the same time, under Xi Jingping, China no longer sees itself as primarily an economic power but now also as a political, diplomatic, cultural and military power. That is a heavy burden. Back to forecasts: it is widely projected that China will be around twice the size of the US economy (by ppp) by 2030. With the West facing its greatest crisis – now as much political as economic – since the 1930s, China is increasingly likely to emerge as the dominant power in the 21st century. 


Dear Friends,


We are pleased to announce that the International Movement for a Just World (JUST) and the Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (IDFR) will be organizing a major lecture on China and the World in the 21st Century by the world-renowned public intellectual, Martin Jacques, on the 5th of November 2016 at 9.30 AM at the IDFR auditorium in Kuala Lumpur, and would like to cordially invite you, your colleagues, and friends to be participants at the said event.

Martin Jacques’s commentary and analysis have been widely acclaimed, and his thesis concerning the rise of China and the decline of Western power has had a profound impact on debates in political and economic sectors globally.

We are confident that you will both benefit immensely from the discussion on this crucial issue, as well as contribute to the richness of the deliberations in substantive ways. It gives JUST and IDFR great pleasure to see those critically engaged with the most pressing issues in the world today at their events.

To confirm your attendance, please complete the attached reply slip, and RSVP JUST’s Program Coordinator, Hassanal Noor Rashid at or to IDFR’s Major Mohd Ridzuan M. Shariff (Retired) at before the 1st of November 2016.

Please note that spaces will be limited to 250 participants, so please confirm your attendance as soon as possible to reserve your seats.

We look forward to your response and participation. 



Report on JUST Trilogue on 6th of November 2016 
On the 6th of November 2016, JUST hosted a Trilogue discussion between Martin Jacques (author of the "When China Rules the World"), Dr. Chandra Muzaffar (President of JUST), and Dr. Ejaz Akram (Professor of Religion and Politics in Pakistan). The subject of the discussion was China and Asia in the 21st Century. The purpose of the trilogue was to attempt to engage the critical issues emerging from the rise of China, and its impact on Asia and the world more generally. EXCO member Prof. Abdullah Ahsan also contributed to the discussion. 
The distinguished participants in the trilogue began by giving opening remarks, from which a two hour discussion then emerged. Martin Jacques laid out the thesis of his work, and described the features of the ongoing rise of China and the unique particularities of China in the 21st century. Dr. Chandra Muzaffar then described the impact of the rise of China on the larger East Asian region as a whole, both Southeast Asia as well as Northeast Asia. Dr. Chandra delineated both the possibilities and challenges with such increased Chinese influence. Dr. Ejaz Akram spoke both about the geo-politics of South Asia/the Indian Subcontinent in relation to China, and in particular, the increasingly close Pakistan-China relationship.
The broader context of the discussion around the rise of China was the counter-hegemonic thrust this represents in relation to the unipolar world run by Washington before. The three panelists agreed that the incredible economic rise of China is confronting a declining American empire, and various geopolitical shifts are taking place, including roles being played by important countries such as Russia and India. The trilogue was enhanced by discussion of not only political economy and geopolitics, but also a deeper engagement with Martin Jacques's notion of China as a 'civilization-state.' The panelists also highlighted how civilizations, cultures, and traditions also deeply inform - or can inform - the manner in which a future 'modernity' may look like, one that may assert values and principles very different than those that have been exported to the world by Western colonialism and hegemony.
The trilogue was recorded and intended to be both uploaded onto youtube, as well as transcribed to be used as JUST publication.
The trilogue was moderated by Junaid S. Ahmad, Secretary-General of JUST.