Past Events

The Asan Institute for Policy Studies hosted the first dialogue of the “Asan Special Forum: China’s Intervention in New Zealand and Canada” on March 8, 2018 in Washington, DC. Leading scholars Dr. Anne-Marie Brady of the University of Canterbury and Dr. Charles Burton of Brock University discussed China’s interest and overall political influence in New Zealand and Canada and how the two governments have responded to Chinese interference.

The Asan Special Forum panels, leading to articles in The Asan Forum, focus on China’s intervention into the internal affairs of four democratic countries: New Zealand, Canada, Australia, and South Korea. In a coordinated manner, they examine the various arenas of interference, the actual nature of the interference, and the ongoing responses to the interference. The second panel also includes an overview presentation, drawing on evidence of interference in the United States, and a comparative analysis of Russian and Chinese interference.

Date / Time: Thursday, March 8, 2018 / 10:00 – 11:30 am
Location: 1211 Connecticut Ave. NW-8th Floor, Washington, DC 20036


(in alphabetical order)

Anne-Marie Brady
University of Canterbury

Charles Burton
Brock University

Gilbert Rozman
The Asan Forum (moderator)




Anne-Marie Brady is a Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Canterbury and a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Centre in Washington, DC. She is a specialist in Chinese domestic and foreign policy as well as polar politics, and a fluent Mandarin speaker. Her publications include: Marketing Dictatorship: Propaganda and Thought Work in Contemporary China (Rowman and Littlefield, 2008); China’s Thought Management (Routledge, 2012); China as a Polar Great Power (Cambridge University Press and Wilson Press, 2017); and most recently, “Magic Weapons: China’s political influence activities under Xi Jinping”

Charles Burton is an Associate Professor at Brock University specializing in Comparative Politics, Government and Politics of China, Canada-China Relations, and Human Rights. Dr. Burton served as Counsellor at the Canadian Embassy to China from 1991 to 1993 and 1998 to 2000. Previously, he worked at the Communications Security Establishment of the Department of National Defence. He received his Ph.D. from University of Toronto after studies at Cambridge University (Oriental Studies) and Fudan University (History of Ancient Chinese Thought, Department of Philosophy). Dr. Burton was also the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Post-Doctoral Scholar in Political Science at University of Alberta from 1986 to 1988. He has published extensively on Chinese and North Korean affairs and Canada-China relations and has been commissioned to write reports on matters relating to Canada’s relations with China for agencies of the Government of Canada. He is a frequent commentator on Chinese affairs in newspapers, radio, and TV.

Gilbert Rozman taught at Princeton University from 1970 to 2013. He now serves as the Editor-in-Chief of The Asan Forum, an online journal on the international relations of the Asia-Pacific region. His writings bridge sociology, history, and political science, concentrating on the states of Northeast Asia.