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Friday, October 19, 2018 - 19:30

China and the World: the Era of Great Change as the PRC aims to be number one


Speaker: Dr. Kerry Brown

Embassy of Poland
Beijing, 1 Ritan Rd, JianWai DaJie



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In the next decade China's actions on the world stage will affect us all. A new superpower, with the largest population and GDP on the globe, there are now fears that China is becoming increasingly assertive. This talk will guide us through China’ s foreign policy, from its skirmishes with US Navy destroyers in the South China Sea to its arguments with Japan over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands and its increased displays of military prowess-including huge investments in cyber warfare. It will also assess China’ s extraordinary plan to create a “ New Silk Road” across Central Asia – one of the biggest infrastructure project in modern history. In doing so it will seek to answer a simple question: what does China want? The answer lies in the unique way China thinks about the world.

Dr. Kerry Brown is Professor of Chinese Studies and Director of the Lau China Institute at King's College, London. From 2012 to 2015 he was Professor of Chinese Politics and Director of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, Australia. Prior to this he worked at Chatham House from 2006 to 2012, as Senior Fellow and then Head of the Asia Program. From 1998 to 2005 he worked at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as First Secretary at the British Embassy in Beijing, and then as Head of the Indonesia, Philippine and East Timor Section. He lived in the Inner Mongolia region of China from 1994 to 1996. He has a Master of Arts from Cambridge University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Mandarin Chinese (Distinction) from Thames Valley University, London, and a Ph D in Chinese politics and language from Leeds University.

Professor Brown directed the Europe China Research and Advice Network (ECRAN) giving policy advice to the European External Action Service between 2011 and 2014. He is the author of over ten books on modern Chinese politics, history and language, the most recent of which are The New Emperors: Power and the Princelings in China (2014), What's Wrong with Diplomacy: The Case of the UK and China (2015) and the Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography (in Four Volumes- 2014-2015). His 'China's CEO: Xi Jinping' was published in 2016.  'China's World: What Does China Want' was published in August 2017. He is currently working on a study of the Communist Party of China as a cultural movement.