China's Pandemic Diplomacy


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When: Jun 17 2020 - 10:00am until Jun 17 2020 - 11:00am
Where: Zoom Webinar

Please join us for a Virtual Public Seminar


China's Pandemic Diplomacy

Denny Roy
Senior Research Fellow, East-West Center


The COVID-19 pandemic thrust China into a desperate effort to avoid lasting damage to its international reputation just as the Chinese government under Xi Jinping is touting China as a model political system and superior international citizen. Beijing launched a massive diplomatic effort aimed at both foreign governments and foreign societies. The goal was to gloss over China's initial suppression of information about the outbreak and to recast China as an efficient and heroic country in the eyes of international public opinion. The results, however, were a loss of Chinese prestige among some important foreign audiences, a bitter squabble with the US that has further worsened a bilateral relationship Beijing hoped to repair, and increased momentum for the economic "decoupling" that China wants to avoid. This seminar will analyze China's pandemic diplomacy, including its tactics, arguments, strengths and weaknesses.

Denny Roy focuses on Indo-Pacific security issues, particularly those involving China. He has recently written on Chinese foreign policy, the North Korea nuclear weapons crisis, China-Japan relations, and China-Taiwan relations. His interests span traditional military-strategic matters and foreign policy, as well as international relations theory. Roy is the author of Return of the Dragon: Rising China and Regional Security (Columbia University Press, 2013), The Pacific War and its Political Legacies (Praeger, 2009), and Taiwan: A Political History (Cornell University Press, 2003). He is quoted frequently in the media and has published in National Interest, AsiaTimes, The Diplomat, Japan Times, Washington Times, Survival, International Security, Asian Survey, Security Dialogue, Contemporary Southeast Asia, Armed Forces & Society, and Issues & Studies. 

Organized by the Office of External Affairs


This seminar will take place entirely on Zoom via its Webinar platform.  

Date and Time:  
Wednesday, June 17
10 am – 11 am Hawaii Time (4 pm - 5 pm EDT)

This seminar will be on-the-record and recorded on Zoom for sharing afterwards. 

To register for this program and receive approval to join, please click here:

Please register by June 16, 5 pm Hawaii Time (11pm EDT)


Upon registering for this webinar, our team will first approve your registration and you will then receive a confirmation email. If you do not, please check your Spam folder. If you still do not see the email within 24 hours or have other questions please email Mr. Dana Almodova at [email protected] The confirmation email will provide you with a unique link to join the seminar. Do not share this with anyone else. 

Please plan to join the webinar as early as 9:45 am if possible. Once you have joined, you will not be visible or audible to the speakers or audience and may just wait for the program to begin. As an attendee in a Zoom Webinar, your microphone will be muted and video turned off from the start of the presentation to cut down on noise interference and to maintain security. 

The Q&A session will occur at the end of the webinar presentation. You are more than welcome to type your questions into the Q&A box throughout the presentation. We will address questions in the order that they are asked. 

NOTE: If you are planning to call in on a phone without smart capabilities you will not be able to participate in the Q&A session. 




Primary Contact Info:
Name: Dana Almodova