Having consolidated power and extended his term, President Xi Jinping is now the mightiest Chinese leader since Mao. And, his rise to political primacy coincides with a moment in history when China itself is rising – economically, militarily, and geopolitically. It coincides, too, with a moment in history when America is both withdrawing from the global stage and riven internally by toxic partisanship. Is China on its way to becoming the new global hegemon and, if so, what are the geostrategic implications?
This 2018 Aspen Security Forum panel features Michael Collins, Deputy Assistant Director, East Asia Mission Center, Central Intelligence Agency; Marcel Lettre, Former Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence; Ashok Kumar Mirpuri, Ambassador of Singapore to the United States; and Susan Thornton, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.