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Is China at War with the West?
Tensions in the South China Sea, a crack-down in Hong Kong, trade wars, hostage diplomacy, the battle for information and technological supremacy. Join us Thursday September 24th as we discuss China’s growing geopolitical influence and put forward the policy prescriptions that must be undertaken by Canada and the West.

Joining us is Dr. Robert Spalding, Brigadier General of the United States Air Force (Ret’d) and Dr. Charles Burton of the MacDonald Laurier Institute.

Sep 24, 2020 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Charles Burton
Senior Fellow @MacDonald-Laurier Institute
Senior Fellow, Macdonald-Laurier Institute, Centre for Advancing Canada’s Interests Abroad and Associate Professor at Brock University specializing in Comparative Politics, Government and Politics of China, Canada-China Relations and Human Rights. Served as Counsellor at the Canadian Embassy to China between 1991-1993 and 1998-2000. Prior to coming to Brock worked at the Communications Security Establishment of the Canadian Department of National Defence. PhD 1987 from the University of Toronto after studies at Cambridge University (Oriental Studies) and Fudan University (History of Ancient Chinese Thought Program, Department of Philosophy, class of '77). Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Post-Doctoral Scholar in Political Science at University of Alberta, 1986-88. He has published extensively on Chinese and North Korean affairs and Canada-China relations and has been commissioned to write reports on matters relating to Canada's relations with China.
Robert Spalding
Brigadier General, USAF (RET)
Dr. Spalding is an innovator and accomplished national security policy strategist. He has served in senior positions of strategy and diplomacy within the Defense and State Departments for more than 26 years, retiring as brigadier general. He was the chief architect for the current widely praised National Security Strategy and the Senior Director for Strategy to the President at the National Security Council. Robert’s innovation while serving in the White House has led to a reset in national security and public policy regarding telecommunications in the US as well as globally. Dr. Spalding has written extensively on national security matters. His book, STEALTH WAR: HOW CHINA TOOK OVER WHILE AMERICA’S ELITE SLEPT (Portfolio; 2019) is an executive summary of his almost decade-long work countering Chinese Communist Party influence. It has been translated into several languages. His academic papers and editorial work are frequently published and cited, both nationally and internationally.