Kishore Mahbubani to give China Centre Distinguished Lecture on 20 November, 5pm

Relations between China and the United States have clearly gone downhill in the past few months. Is this a temporary blip caused by Donald Trump or a manifestation of deeper problems? This lecture will argue that fundamental structural factors are responsible for the recent deterioration in bilateral relations. It will evaluate the economic, political, cultural and strategic fault lines between the US and China, and identify the key driving forces among these factors.

Professor Kishore Mahbubani is Senior Advisor (University & Global Relations) and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, where he also served as Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy from 2004 to 2017. Before that, he served in the Singapore Foreign Service for 33 years, notably as Ambassador to the UN and twice as President of the UN Security Council. He writes extensively on public policy issues. He has authored seven books: Can Asians Think?, Beyond the Age of Innocence, The New Asian Hemisphere, The Great Convergence (selected by Financial Times as one of the best books of 2013), Can Singapore Survive?, and co-author of The ASEAN Miracle. His latest book, Has the West Lost it? A Provocation was published in April 2018.

Kishore Mahbubani will give the China Centr eDistinguished Lecture in the Kin-ku Cheng Lecture Theatre at 5pm, which will be followed by a reception in the Wordsworth Tea Room at 6.30pm. All welcome.

George Magnus at China Centre

Under President Xi Jinping, China has become a large and confident power both at home and abroad, but the country also faces serious challenges. In his new book, Red Flags: Why Xi’s China is in Jeopardy (Yale University Press, 2018), economist George Magnus explores four key traps that China must confront and overcome in order to thrive: debt, middle income, the Renminbi, and an aging population. Looking at the political direction President Xi Jinping is taking, Magnus argues that Xi’s authoritarian and repressive philosophy is ultimately not compatible with the country’s economic aspirations.

George Magnus is an associate at the University of Oxford China Centre, research associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies, and formerly chief economist of UBS. He has written extensively about China in the Financial Times, Prospect, and other economic and financial publications.

George Magnus spoke about his book at the China Centre on 9 October 2018.

Probing Authoritarian Resilience and Fragility in China

‘Probing Authoritarian Resilience and Fragility in China: Lessons from Social Science and History’.

A workshop jointly organized by Claremont McKenna College and University of Oxford China Centre took place in the China Centre in June.

Speakers included: Lucan Way (keynote), Minxin Pei, Rana Mitter, Patricia Thornton, Rod Camp, Hilary Appel, Hicham Bou Nassif, James Kynge, Matthew Erie, Aseema Sinha, Paul Irwin Crookes, John Farnell.


Japan’s Never-Ending War – Rana Mitter featuring on BBC World News

Rana Mitter appearing in programme  on BBC World News, 26-29 May.

In East Asia, the Second World War remains a controversial issue. Rana Mitter visits Tokyo to explore how Japan remembers the conflict – through its movies. Rana talks to leading directors includingHarada Masato, Katabuchi Sunao, Arai Haruhiko and Tsukamoto Shinya, to film critics, and to a new generation of young Japanese viewers. And along the way he explores how the war looks from the perspective of modern Chinese cinema.

Chinese Characters – new BBC Radio 4 series starting on 9 April, presented by Rana Mitter

In April and May, Rana Mitter introduced listeners to a range of Chinese Characters on Radio 4 – twenty lives that illustrate the range and complexity of China from the earliest times to the late twentieth century.  From a cosmopolitan Mongol emperor to impoverished girls working in sweatshop conditions in Shanghai’s factories, the series ranges across time and geography to give a multi-dimensional picture of this fascinating society.  Figures covered include political leaders Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping as well as literary figures such as Song dynasty poet Li Qingzhao and modernist author Ding Ling.

There’s a link here to the omnibus edition, which will enable listeners to catch up on episodes.