Virtual Roundtable: A Conversation With Desmond Shum

Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Jason Lee, Reuters
Desmond Shum

Author, Red Roulette 


Adjunct Senior Fellow for Asia, Council on Foreign Relations; Founder and Faculty Director Emeritus, U.S.-Asia Law Institute, New York University School of Law

Winston Lord Roundtable Series on Asia, the Rule of Law, and U.S. Foreign Policy

What is it like to secretly do business with the highest levels of the Chinese Communist Party elite? How do ideology, politics, ethics, foreign policy, law, and human relations merge in the actual struggle to get rich in the People’s Republic of China as the party enters its second century? Our speaker, Desmond Shum, discusses his eye-opening and controversial experiences as an “insider” who learned how to rise among China’s power-business elite.

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