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Understanding Xi Jinping’s China

Over a year into Xi Jinping’s historic third five-year term as President, China continues to make headlines worldwide. Many of these headlines now suggest not only that China’s rise is slowing down but that it is only increasing in controversial terms vis-a-vis the West.
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How are we to make sense of Xi’s China today and what role should history play in this understanding, especially when it comes to great power competition between China and the US? What are the problems with comparing today’s geopolitical landscape with the Cold War? And how should Norway navigate relations with China in light of the close China-Russia partnership? 

To explore these questions, NUPI Senior Research Fellow and Head of NUPI’s Centre for Asian Research Wrenn Yennie Lindgren sits down with Professor Odd Arne Westad of Yale University and Professor Iver B. Neumann who is Director Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI). 

The image shows Wrenn Yennie Lindgren, Iver Neumann and Odd Arne Westad sitting at a table in front of a book shelf.

CONTRIBUTORS: Wrenn Yennie Lindgren, Iver Neumann and Odd Arne Westad. 

Photo: Therese Leine

This episode of The World Stage is a part of the Norwegian Centre for Geopolitics, led by NUPI. 

Odd Arne Westad has authored over seventeen books and worked on the history of the Cold War, China-Russia relations, and the history of the Chinese civil war and the Chinese Communist Party.  His latest book, The Great Transformation: China’s Road from Revolution to Reform (with Chen Jian), will be published this fall with Yale University Press.  


Iver B. Neumann’s areas of expertise include social theory, qualitative methods, diplomacy, Russian foreign policy and Norwegian foreign policy. Neumann has authored a number of books, articles and chapters on these topics and is an active contributor to public debate. 


  • Foreign policy
  • Asia
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