CNA vice president and director of CNA China Studies, Dr. David Finkelstein, will join Linda Jakobson, director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s China and Global Security Programme; and Erica Downs, the Brookings Institution’s John L. Thornton China Center Fellow, for the Center for Strategic & International Studies' (CSIS) forum “New Actors in Chinese Foreign Policy: Energy Companies and the PLA.” Bonnie Glaser, senior fellow CSIS Freeman Chair in China Studies will moderate.
The foreign policy formulation process in China is increasingly complex. Expanding pluralism within Chinese society and China’s growing interdependence with the international community have led to the emergence of new foreign policy actors. Some of these new interest groups try to sway official policy and seek additional leverage by influencing each other and public opinion. Other actors, who are on the margins, do not necessarily seek an active role in foreign policy, but can at times end up complicating Chinese diplomacy. Large state-owned enterprises in pursuit of commercial interests, for example, can inadvertently entangle foreign policy officials in a web of human rights, energy security concerns and political interests by their actions.
Ms. Jakobson will explain the roles and influence of the new actors in China and assess the implications of new foreign policy trends in China. Dr. Finkelstein will address the changing role and impact of the People’s Liberation Army on Chinese foreign policy. And Ms. Downs will discuss the evolving role and influence of Chinese energy companies in foreign policy.