TMR 2021: How The World Sees China- Happymon Jacob,C Raja Mohan, Bill Birtles, Sowmiya Ashok and Samir Saran
The session on "How the World Sees China" was moderated by Happymon Jacob, professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University and the founder and honorary director of the Council for Strategic and Defense Research, New Delhi. The panel comprised C Raja Mohan, Director, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore; Bill Birtles, a journalist at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation; Sowmiya Ashok, an independent journalist; and Samir Saran, president, Observer Research Foundation. The discussion began with the question on whether enough is being done to understand China and its people. Raja said China's nationalism is "not exceptional", and detailed issues of territorial expansionism, military assertion, economic coercion, diplomatic aggression, and domestic repression.
On the Chinese education system, Bill emphasised how the fostering of extreme nationalism led locals to believe the foreign media is out to smear China's image.
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