2024 Festival:
October 21–27
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China Unbound: Joanna Chiu in Conversation with Doug Saunders

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As the world’s second-largest economy, China is extending its influence across the globe with the complicity of democratic nations. Internationally recognized reporter Joanna Chiu has spent a decade tracking China’s propulsive rise, from the political aspects of the multi-billion-dollar “New Silk Road” global investment project to a growing sway on foreign countries and multilateral institutions through “United Front” efforts. As the United States stumbles, Chiu’s anticipated work, China Unbound: A New World Disorder exposes Beijing’s high-tech surveillance and aggressive measures that result in human rights violations against those who challenge its power. She speaks to Globe and Mail journalist Doug Saunders about why the new world order she sees has disturbing implications for global stability, prosperity, and civil rights everywhere.


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Participants and Speakers

Joanna Chiu

JOANNA CHIU is an internationally recognized authority on China, whose work has appeared in the Guardian, Foreign Policy, BBC World, The Atlantic, Newsweek, Quartz, Al Jazeera, GlobalPost, CBC, and NPR. In 2012 her story on refugees in Hong Kong won a Human Rights Press Award, and in 2018 her report on #MeToo cases in Asia was named one of the best Foreign Policy long-form stories. She is currently a senior journalist covering China-related topics for the Toronto Star. (ONTARIO)

Doug Saunders

DOUG SAUNDERS is the Globe and Mail’s international affairs columnist. He has won the National Newspaper Award on five occasions and the Stanley McDowell Prize, and has been shortlisted for a National Magazine Award.