The US-China Power Struggle

Since the end of the Cold War, the West has strengthened its position on the world stage by maintaining a tight alliance among democratic nations. In 2011 the Arab Spring weakened its grip on the Middle-East, resulting in high levels of emigration from troubled states in the region. As right leaning governments gained prominence across Europe, Donald Trump was elected in the US. He scrapped the rule-book on geopolitics to promote a nationalist agenda. Meanwhile, China has emerged as a powerful nation, one that is expected to the USA in terms of GDP by 2025. But what do we know about this elusive powerhouse? Does China pose a genuine threat to Western democracy? Ronnie C. Chan, one of Hong Kong's most prominent business leaders and Co-Chairman of Asia Society, offers a unique perspective on the subject of US-China relations.

Ronnie C. Chan
Chairman, Hang Lung Properties

Mr. Ronnie C. Chan is Chairman of Hang Lung Group Ltd. and its subsidiary Hang Lung Properties Ltd., both publicly listed in Hong Kong. The Group expanded into mainland China in 1992, developing, owning and managing world-class commercial complexes in key tier one and tier two cities. He founded and chairs the China Heritage Fund, is a co-founding Director of The Forbidden City Cultural Heritage Conservation Foundation, Beijing, and is former Vice President and former Advisor of the China Development Research Foundation in Beijing. Mr. Chan is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Chairman Emeritus of Asia Society and Chairman of its Hong Kong Center, and founding Chairman of the Centre for Asian Philanthropy and Society. He serves or has served on the governing or advisory bodies of several think tanks and universities, including Peterson Institute for International Economics, World Economic Forum, East-West Center, Pacific Council on International Policy, Eisenhower Fellowships, The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, University of Southern California, Indian School of Business, Yale University, Tsinghua University, and Fudan University.

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