EWC Insights: Asia-Pacific Political Transitions featuring Dr. Pitman B. Potter


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When: Nov 17 2021 - 2:00pm until Nov 17 2021 - 3:00pm
Where: Zoom Webinar

EWC Insights with Dr. Potter

EWC Insights: Asia-Pacific Political Transitions
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. HST
Live online via Zoom

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Covid, Climate Change
Dr. Pitman B. Potter
Visiting Fellow, East-West Center
Emeritus Professor of Law
Peter A. Allard School of Law
University of British Columbia

Despite China achieving significant global influence, its discourse of historical grievance against the West remains powerful and combines with material self-interest to complicate relations with the international system. China has exhibited a conflicted pattern of engagement and resistance with international institutions responding to challenges of climate change and pandemic response. China has signaled an intent to support world efforts to combat climate change even while resisting limits on its own economic growth. On Covid-19, China has combined efforts to influence the WHO with resistance to international investigations into the origins of the novel coronavirus and China’s response. Despite the frustration many experience over China’s policy posture, effective global responses to climate change and Covid-19 will require a measure of accommodation for China’s perspectives and interests, combined with efforts to improve performance. Dr. Potter’s webinar will address these issues drawing from his current research project on China’s globalized populism.

Dr. Pitman B. Potter is a Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center, and Emeritus Professor of Law at the Peter A. Allard School of Law of the University of British Columbia (https://allard.ubc.ca/about-us/our-people/pitman-potter). Dr. Potter’s teaching and research have focused on PRC and Taiwan law and policy in the areas of international trade and investment, dispute resolution, property and contract law, business regulation, and human rights. He has published many books and essays on China law and policy, including Exporting Virtue? China’s International Human Rights Activism in the Age of Xi Jinping (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2021). Prior to his retirement in 2020, Dr. Potter also served as an attorney licensed in British Columbia, Washington State and California handling China business and arbitration matters. Dr. Potter has served on the Boards of Directors of several public institutions, including the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada where he is currently a Distinguished Fellow Emeritus and the Canada-China Business Council. Dr. Potter is a Deacon in the Anglican Church of Canada (Diocese of New Westminster) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Each month, the East-West Center Research Program presents an “EWC Insights” seminar that examines an environmental, demographic, or political and economic transformation reshaping the Asia-Pacific region.

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Mari Ching