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In conversation: Anatol Lieven and Hugh White on The China Choice (2)


Stephanie Dunstan


25 September 2012 12:07

On the morning of the launch of Professor Hugh White's book The China Choice at the Lowy Institute, Professor Anatol Lieven spoke to White about some of the issues raised in the book. Part 1 can be seen here. 

In the second part of their conversation, Lieven raises the question of values in international relations. The US, he argues, is too enamoured of its own system and by the idea that it is on the 'right side of history' to respect countries with other economic and political models. 

Politicians and pundits in the US have been all too eager to castigate China for its human rights record, state involvement in the economy and suppression of political rights but, White asks, what are they prepared to pay for the privilege of proselytising their own system?