This webinar will be centred on the speaker's book "Tiananmen Square: The Making of a Protest", and explore ideas such as what China was like in the 1980s, the internal politics of the Communist Party and the causes of the Tiananmen Incident, as well as the relationship between China and Great Powers at that time. Why do the events of 1989 remain relevant in understanding China, and how do they influence politics and the Communist Party in China even today, thirty years after the incident? This question, and others will be discussed in the Wednesday Seminar.
About the Speaker
Shri Vijay Gokhale Joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1981. His diplomatic assignments included Hong Kong, Hanoi, Beijing, New York and Taipei. He was India's High Commissioner to Malaysia from January 2010 to October 2013, Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany from October 2013 to January 2016, and Ambassador to the People's Republic of China from January 2016 to October 2017. He served as India's Foreign Secretary from January 2018 to January 2020. Mr. Gokhale is currently Distinguished Professor, Symbiosis International University, Pune and Non-Resident / Senior Fellow at Carnegie India. He is also Emeritus Resource Faculty at the Rashtriya Raksha Unviersty, Gujarat.
About the Chair
Shri Shyam Saran is a former Foreign Secretary of India and has served as Prime Minister's Special Envoy for Nuclear Affairs and Climate Change. After leaving government service in 2010, he has headed the Research and Information System for Developing Countries, a prestigious think tank focusing on economic issues (2011-2017) and was Chairman of the National Security Advisory Board under the National Security Council (2013-15). He is currently Life Trustee of India International Centre, Member of the Governing Council/Board of the Institute of Chinese Studies and Centre for Policy Research, a Trustee at the World Wildlife Fund (India) and Member of the Executive Council of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).He has recently published a book, How India Sees the World. Shyam Saran was awarded the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award, in 2011 for his contributions to civil service. In May 2019, he was conferred the Spring Order Gold and Silver Star by the Emperor of Japan for promoting India-Japan relations.
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