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Hungary in the new era of rising China
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What does the rise of China and Beijing's new narrative mean for countries like Hungary?
On September 20, 5 PM the Danube Institute and the Budapest Economic Club Presents
Hungary in the new era of rising China
David Morris, Australian diplomat and Asia Pacific Expert, Pacific Trade and Investment Commissioner in China, and Chair of the United Nations Asia Pacific Business Forum 2019 will talk about Hungary’s response to the biggest change of this century so far, the rise of China.
Responding to David Morris’ lecture will be Gergely Salát, Head of the Department of Chinese Studies at Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest.
Realists and liberals alike fear the emerging, confident China of Xi Jinping's "new era" and frame China as a monolithic threat and bully.
Viktor Orbán's Hungary, like many smaller nations, has a different take - is Hungary's approach a China hedge or a more comprehensive China engagement strategy? What does the rise of China's new narrative of self-determination and national rejuvenation mean for countries like Hungary?
As an Australian diplomat in China, who previously served in Hungary and the EU, and a former senior political adviser and trade official engaged with China for twenty years, David Morris brings a different perspective to the questions raised by the new China.
David Morris grew up in Hobart, Tasmania.  After graduating from the University of Sydney with BA (Honours), he was recruited to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  As an Australian diplomat, Mr Morris had short-term postings to the European Union Presidency and the United Nations General Assembly and long-term postings to Hungary and Ireland.  He completed an MBA at Henley Business School, where he conducted original research on nation brands.
He established the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney and, as its founding Executive Director, managed the Australian Government’s High Level Roundtables at Shanghai World Expo.  Mr Morris has consulted for businesses and governments on trade and investment with China and directed leadership capacity-building programs in Eastern Europe, Australia and South Asia.  He also led the re-launch of Australia’s bipartisan movement for constitutional reform and independence, the Australian Republican Movement.
Gergely Salát PhD (1975), China expert, associate professor, head of the Department of Chinese Studies at Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest. He studied Chinese studies at ELTE University, Budapest, and obtained his PhD in sinology in 2006.
His main research area is the history of Chinese law and institutions, as well as contemporary Chinese politics and society.
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