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the debate

China is on the brink of becoming the next global superpower. With a population of 1.3 billion, its economic locomotive has powered ahead of the West, spurred by technological advances and state-directed capitalism. Some call its economic rise unstoppable. But beneath the surface, both social and political turbulence is bubbling. Others argue China is ill-prepared to handle the burden of its own success.

Will China thrive in the 21st century on the back of its powerful economic system? Or will it be derailed by its ideological and social underpinnings?

The 2011 Munk Debates will tackle this geopolitical issue of our time.

The case for: David Daokui Li and Niall Ferguson

The case against: Henry Kissinger and Fareed Zakaria

THE MUNK DEBATES: June 17, 2011, at 7 p.m. ET, Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto.

The Globe and Mail is providing extensive coverage of the Munk Debate about China's role in the 21st century.

Munk Debate Ticket Contest

The Munk Debates are offering eight VIP tickets to see the China debate. To take part in the contest, go head-to-head against a friend and debate China's role in the 21st century. Then post the video on the Munk Debates online forum.

Tickets will go to the top two most-watched debates. For more information, visit the Munk Debates contest page at

Complete your debate early to have the best chance of winning. Submissions must be receive before noon ET on June 15 to be eligible.

Let the debates begin!