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China’s Global Role in the Covid-19 Crisis

China’s Global Role in the Covid-19 Crisis

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, countries around the world have imposed strict lockdown measures and economies are paralyzed. Observers debate how quickly economic growth in China, where the outbreak first started, will recover compared to other countries. Can the crisis be an opening for Beijing to advance its international position?

Together with a panel of China specialists from the Stockholm Observatory for Global China, this webinar elaborated on China’s global role in the Covid-19 crisis. It covered implications for EU-China relations and the Belt and Road Initiative, as well as global economic flows and the future of the international order. China’s response to the pandemic was also contrasted with how it handled the SARS outbreak in the early 2000s.


Amanda Cheney, Research Fellow at the Department of Political Science, Lund University

Björn Jerdén, Head of Asia Programme at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs

Börje Ljunggren, Senior Associate Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, former Swedish ambassador to China

Christer Ljungwall, Professor at PKU-HSBC Business School

Richard Ghiasy, Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Area Studies (LIAS) at Leiden University, and Associate researcher at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)

Åsa Malmström Rognes, Research Fellow at The European Institute of Japanese Studies, The Stockholm School of Economics, and Researcher at the Department of Economic History, Uppsala University


Jonna Nyman, Lecturer at the Department of Politics, University of Sheffield, and Associate Research Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs



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