Webinar: China Pursuing Its Interests Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 27, 2020

Forum 2000 Foundation and the Center for the Opening and Development of Latin America (CADAL) invite you to the webinar “China Pursuing Its Interests Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic” which will take place on June 3, 2020 at 14:00 CET. Register to the event here and join us via Zoom to be part of the discussion and ask questions to our panelists Juan Pablo Cardenal, Tinatin Khidasheli and Ketty W. Chen. Live stream of the webinar (without active participation) will be available here.

Amid the COVID-19 global pandemic, China has launched a propaganda campaign to position itself as an effective international leader providing aid to those in need. However, the shipments of medical supplies to over 100 countries come with political strings attached. The current crisis has revealed the global dependence on China’s supplies in certain strategic sectors and has been used as a tool for expanding its influence in affected countries.

  • How will the COVID-19 pandemic and the international criticism of China’s cover-up of the initial outbreak affect its ability to maintain its global influence? 
  • Is Chinese influence likely to strengthen in the post-pandemic world?
  • Will the countries with strong ties to China reexamine their strategies and adopt a path towards reducing their dependence and disconnect from China?