Book presentation China Realignment of the World

China and the Realignment of the World

In dialogue with Susanne Weigelin-Schwiedrzik about her new book

Sep 29, 2023 / Vienna / Indo-Pacific / Global Affairs

Dr. Fasslabend and Dr. Weigelin-Schwiedrzik

Dr. Susanne Weigelin-Schwiedrzik, Professor of Sinology at the University of Vienna and author of the book titled "China und die Neuordnung der Welt", was invited by the Austria Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES) for a discussion moderated by Dr. Werner Fasslabend. The event focused on the theme of the new world order shaped by China.

The debate explored China's rise since the 1970s, marked by its UN membership. Dr. Weigelin-Schwiedrzik emphasized China's aspiration for recognition as a global power and the importance of peacefully sharing influence in the Pacific region with the United States to avoid conflicts. The discussion also delved into the challenge of a potential Taiwan invasion, the intertwining of the military and the ruling party in China, and Europe's efforts to establish an independent position regarding China despite economic dependencies and global realities. Additionally, China's role as a potential mediator in the Ukraine conflict was considered.

During the Q&A session, topics such as China's behavior in the South China Sea, China-India relations, and the level of support for the Chinese leadership, including Xi Jinping, among the Chinese population were addressed. Concerning Taiwan, the significance of preventing a military confrontation and pursuing diplomatic solutions was underscored. The discussion concluded with an appeal to Europe to take a more active role in conflict avoidance between the USA and China, with an emphasis on promoting peace.