Professor Minxin Pei Featured on CNN

Professor Minxin Pei, the Tom and Margot Pritzker ’72 Professor of Government and the Director of the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies, was featured on two CNN broadcasts over the weekend focused on China’s response to the Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies.

On Friday, Dec. 10, Pei appeared on CNN International’s Connect the World, along with Akbar Ahmed, the former Pakistani Ambassador to the UK, discussing China’s influence on other countries boycotting the Nobel Prize ceremony.

Regarding the list of countries boycotting the prize ceremonies, Pei responded “This is not the list I would like to see China associated with. It is not a list of liberal democracies, so it’s a sad commentary on the so-called friends China has.”

View the Connect the World broadcast here.

On Sunday, Dec. 12 Pei was a member of a panel on CNN’s Fareed Zakaria-GPS, discussing China’s protest of the Nobel Prize presentation and its foreign policy.

The panel began by discussing why the Chinese government is mounting a campaign against the Nobel Peace Prize, encouraging other countries to not attend the prize ceremonies. “It’s largely for domestic reasons,” Pei states. “Apparently, the Chinese government wants to show the Chinese people that no amount of western pressure can make the current Chinese government change its policy on human rights or democracy.” The other panelists were Elizabeth Economy, senior fellow for Asia Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, and Martin Jacques, columnist and author.

View the Zakaria broadcast here. Pei’s comments begin around 24:24 into the segment.