Book Presentation by Jean-Pierre Cabestan – Facing China: The Prospect for War and Peace

 01/11/2024 / 01/11/2024

 6:00 - 7:30pm
 Room Segalen, 25/F, Admiralty Centre, Tower 2, 18 Harcourt Road, Hong Kong (Admiralty MTR station, exit A)
Jean-Pierre Cabestan

The French Centre for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC), the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macao, and Hong Kong Baptist University organise the following book presentation:

Speaker: Jean-Pierre Cabestan (French National Centre for Scientific Research, Hong Kong Baptist University)

Jean-Pierre CABESTAN is Senior Researcher Emeritus at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (Centre national de la recherche scientifique), attached to the French Research Institute on East Asia (IFRAE) of the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations, and Professor Emeritus at Hong Kong Baptist University. He is also Associate Research Fellow at the Asia Centre, Paris and at the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China in Hong Kong. His most recent publications include China Tomorrow: Democracy or Dictatorship?, Lanham, MD, Rowman & Littlefield, 2019, and Facing China: The Prospect for War and Peace, Lanham, MD, Rowman & Littlefield, 2023.


Jean-Pierre Cabestan will present the English version of his book Facing China: The Prospect for War and Peace, published this year.

“Jean-Pierre Cabestan, a China specialist based in Hong Kong, provides an overview of “Thucydides’ Trap,” as coined by political scientist Graham Allison to describe the inescapable conflict between Beijing and Washington. Is China’s growing power a threat to the United States? Could it lead to war between the two nations?

Economically and militarily stronger, and more nationalist than ever, the People’s Republic of China is increasingly tempted to use force to assert its power, especially in its immediate region. First, the author considers the factors around the threat of war, specifically on the Chinese side, then presents the three most likely armed conflict scenarios: around Taiwan; in the South China Sea; or in the Senkaku Islands under Japanese control. Cabestan also analyses the tensions between China and India along their common borders, which were revived in 2020.

But the most likely scenario, according to Cabestan, would be a rapid, piecemeal attack, aimed at tearing borders apart or defending vested interests – not to mention increased cyber warfare. It could also manifest itself as the emergence of a new type of cold war, punctuated by crises bordering on either a nuclear strike or the use of new weapons. U.S.-Chinese tensions and the many potential fronts on which they could elevate are a conflict-in-waiting which will weigh on the 21st century and dominate international life as China seeks to become entrenched as a dominant world power.”


Date: 11 January 2024 (Thursday)
Time: 6pm – 7:30pm (Hong Kong time, UTC +8)
Location: Room Segalen, 25/F, Admiralty Centre, Tower 2, 18 Harcourt Road, Hong Kong (Admiralty MTR station, exit A)

This seminar will be held in English.
Benjamin Taunay, Director of the CEFC, will chair the session.

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