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Victor Gao discusses the importance of a good relationship between China and Canada as well as the link between Huawei's Meng Wanzhou legal case and the detaining of the two Canadian citizens, Michael Kovrig and Micheal Spavor in China. Mr. Gao, vice president of the Center for China and Globalization, was in conversation with Rudyard Griffiths from the Munk Debates.

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About the series

Rudyard Griffiths is chair of the Munk Debates. The Munk Dialogues is a charitable initiative of the Peter and Melanie Munk Foundation.

We will get through this. At some point in the coming months there will be a therapy or vaccine that allows life to return to something that resembles normal. The question we are all starting to ask ourselves is what will the world look like post-COVID-19? How will this global pandemic change everything from our politics to our culture to global affairs?

Of this we can be sure: the impact of COVID will be far-reaching. Many of our core assumptions about the role and scope of government are being upended. How we work, play and learn are being transformed. Existing power rivalries are intensifying as the economic and geopolitical effects of crisis reverberate around the globe.

Let’s dig in and help figure out the post-COVID-19 world for humanity.


The next live Q&A will be with Victor Gao, Vice President of the Center for China and Globalization.

  • When: June 10 (Wednesday) at 8 p.m. ET
  • Where: Watch the livestream on this page

Globe readers can submit questions by emailing audience@globeandmail.com.


Previously in the Munk Dialogues

April 9: Malcolm Gladwell

Author and journalist Malcolm Gladwell discussed the far-reaching impact of the coronavirus pandemic on refugees, conflict and the economy, in conversation with Rudyard Griffiths from the Munk Debates.

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April 15: Fareed Zakaria

Journalist and author Fareed Zakaria argued that Canada needs to use its positive influence on the United States so it can contribute to international solutions.

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April 23: Mohamed El-Erian

Economist Mohamed El-Erian says that the coronavirus shutdown will create a buyer's market for real estate, offset by reduced incomes putting stress on the whole sector. El-Erian was in conversation with Rudyard Griffiths from the Munk Debates.

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April 30: Samantha Power

Samantha Power was a U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under the Obama administration. She says a post-coronavirus, and possibly post-Trump, world is one where medium powers like Canada can form new blocs of cooperation. Ms. Power was in conversation with Rudyard Griffiths of the Munk Debates.

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May 6 : Niall Ferguson

Historian Niall Ferguson compares COVID-19 to past global sicknesses, likening it to a flu pandemic that hit in the 1950s. He also says the coronavirus will accelerate the emergence of a new Cold War between China and the U.S. Mr. Ferguson was in conversation with Rudyard Griffiths from the Munk Debates.

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May 13 : Kara Swisher

Technology journalist Kara Swisher discusses how global tech giants like Google and Amazon will emerge from COVID-19. Along with existing juggernauts growing even larger and weighing privacy against virus tracking, she sees a potential for a renewed "America 2.0."

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May 21: Scott Gottlieb

Scott Gottlieb says we will be better prepared for a second wave of COVID-19 in the fall, but a spike in new cases may also arrive at a time when other seasonal illness circulate. The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration between 2017 and 2019 adds that Sweden leads Europe in coronavirus deaths despite attempts at herd immunity.

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May 28: David Brooks

David Brooks, New York Times columnist, political commentator and author, joins Rudyard Griffiths from the Munk Debates for a discussion of politics and society after COVID-19.

June 3: Ian Bremmer

Author and political scientist Ian Bremmer explores issues around the coronavirus pandemic, geopolitics and widespread civil unrest in the U.S. Mr. Bremmer was in conversation with Rudyard Griffiths from the Munk Debates.

June 10: Victor Gao

Victor Gao of the Center for China and Globalization, joins Rudyard Griffiths from the Munk Debates for a discussion on China’s role in global affairs after COVID-19.


Visit munkdebates.com for more information and Globe readers can submit questions via audience@globeandmail.com. The livestreams will also be embedded on The Globe and Mail website.