‘The World According to Xi Jinping: What is His Vision for China in the 21st Century.' A Talk by Professor Kerry Brown
06 April 2017
Date: Monday 15th May 2017
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Since becoming Party Secretary in 2012, Xi Jinping has undertaken the most extensive amount of foreign travel by any Chinese leader ever. He has visited over 45 countries, across the world. During those visits he has been articulating grand narratives of China's relationship with countries like the US, Europe, and the partners in the grand Belt Road Initiative. But what does this story actually mean, when put together, and who is it most directed at - domestic audiences, or the wider world? In the era of a protectionist, introspective US and a benighted EU, what sense can truly be made of the notion of a Global China?'
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 Programme. 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 has a Master of Arts from Cambridge University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Mandarin Chinese (Distinction) from Thames Valley University, London, and a PhD 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 and was an Economist book of the year. China's
World', a study of Chinese foreign policy, will be published in
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