One month ago (17 November), FORSEA Dialogue Series hosted an international group of distinguished scholars whose research focus on US-China tensions and their impact on Southeast Asia.

Watch the expert discussion here:

This week FORSEA is hosting an indepth dialogue with a distinguished researcher, journalist Didi Kirsten Tatlow on the crucial need to understand and appreciate fully the nature of the Chinese Communist Party or CCP and the profound consequences of its rise to the commanding heights of global affairs.

Didi’s Biography:

Didi Kirsten Tatlow is Senior Fellow Asia Program at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) in Berlin, Germany, and a Senior Non-Resident Fellow at Projekt Sinopsis in Prague, Czechia. She works on the political system of China, its impact on Europe, technology and worldwide transfer, democratic security, ideology, disinformation, Taiwan and Hong Kong. She has co-edited and co-authored a book, “China’s Quest for Foreign Technology: Beyond Espionage” (2021).

Didi’s cover story in Newsweek: Exclusive: 600 U.S. Groups Linked to Chinese Communist Party Influence Effort with Ambition Beyond Election (

Didi worked as a reporter and columnist in Asia and Europe for 23 years, most recently at the South China Morning Post, her hometown newspaper, and the New York Times, until 2017 when she moved to Berlin. She still “commits journalism,” publishing a cover story for Newsweek magazine on the tactics and scale of CCP influencing in the United States. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Tatlow holds a bachelor’s degree in Chinese and politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

The dialogue will address the following fundamental issues:

    • What is the nature of CCP’s power in China vis-a-vis other democratic or even semi-democratic ruling parties?
    • How do the CCP ruling elite see themselves and ttheir country in relations to other global and regional powers?
    • What role do Chinese tech firms such as Huawei play in realizing CCP’s vision of China at home, in Asia and the world over?
    • What are the linkages between CCP’s neo-totalitarian behavior at home and its foreign policy behavior abroad (particularly states that have stood up against the CCP, for instance, Czec Republic, the Republic of China or Taiwan, Australia, Philippines, UK etc.)?
    • In what ways does CCP attempt to influence countries, governments and regional blocs such as the United States, Germany, United Kingdom, European Union, and Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)?
    • Why is it so important to get assessments of China’s power, its rise and its power projections right?

Host: Dr Maung Zarni, FORSEA co-founder

Date/Time: Wednesday 17 November, 2021

10:00am GMT/London | 11:00am Berlin & Paris | 03:30pm New Delhi | 04:30pm  Yangon | 05:00pm Bangkok, Phnom Penh, Manila & Jakarta | 06:00pm Taipei, Hong Kong, Manila, Kuala Lumpur & Singapore  |09:00pm Canberra, Sydney & Melbourne


Watch LIVE on FORSEA YouTube Channel.

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