Though China’s hostage taking of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor has thankfully ended, the Canadian government must now sort out the larger strategic challenge of how to deal with a regime in Beijing that employs hostage diplomacy, economic coercion, and overt threats to get its way. Working alongside partners, Ottawa needs a clear and coherent strategy to manage China’s coercive diplomacy.

To make sense of these issues, MLI hosted an expert livestream panel discussion outlining the challenges posed by China and how Canada and likeminded states can work together to address Beijing’s belligerence.


  • Luke Patey, Senior Researcher, Danish Institute for International Studies, author of "How China Loses: The Pushback against Chinese Global Ambitions."
  • Thomas Wilkins, Senior Lecturer, Department of Government & International Relations (GIR), Senior Research Fellow, Japan Institute for International Affairs (JIIA).
  • Stephen Nagy, Senior Associate Professor, Department of Politics and International Studies, International Christian University (ICU), Tokyo, Japan.
  • Jonathan Berkshire Miller, Director and Senior Fellow, Indo-Pacific Program, Macdonald-Laurier Institute, Senior Fellow, JIIA. (Moderator)

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