China is becoming the key economy of the current era. It’s tipped to overtake the USA within 10 years. But what other effects will economic power have on China? Will China’s rise be ‘peaceful’, or something the world outside needs to be apprehensive about? Join our China-watching experts Dr Bates Gill (Rising Star: China's New Security Diplomacy), Mobo Gao (The Battle of China's Past: Mao and the Cultural Revolution) and Feng Chongji (The Chinese Communist Party: from Chen Duxiu to Li Shenzhi) as they discuss with Kerry Brown.
Presented by the University of Sydney
Feng Chongji (Australian)
Dr Feng Chongyi is associate professor in China Studies, UTS, and adjunct professor of History, Nankai University. His research explores intellectual and political development in modern China, and political economy in China’s provinces. He has published over 80 academic articles and is author of such books as From Sinification to Globalisation, Liberalism within the CCP, and Principles and Passion: Prefaces and Poems of Feng Chongyi. He has been named among the top 100 Chinese public intellectuals in the world several times since 2005.
Mobo Gao (Australian)
Professor Mobo Gao is director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Adelaide. From studying at Xiamen University, he went on to Wales, Cambridge and London before completing his master and doctorate at Essex. Gao has since held academic appointments across the world, including as visiting fellow at Oxford and Harvard. Gao's research interests include rural China, contemporary Chinese politics and culture, and Chinese migration to Australia. His recent books include Gao Village and The Battle of China's Past: Mao and the Cultural Revolution.
Kerry Brown (Australian)
Kerry Brown is professor of Chinese Politics and director of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. Brown is team leader of the European Union-funded Europe China Research and Advice Network. He was previously head of the Asia Programme at Chatham House, London, and a member of the British Diplomatic Service from 1998-2005. His recent books include: Ballot Box China , China 2020, Hu Jintao: China’s Silent Leader , Contemporary China and The Networked Leadership: China’s Fifth Generation Leaders.
Bates Gill (Australian)
Dr Bates Gill commenced as CEO of the US Studies Centre in October 2012 after five years as director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. Gill has a long record of research and publication on international and regional security issues, including arms control, non-proliferation, peacekeeping and military-technical development, particularly regarding China and Asia. His recent work examines multilateral security organisations, the impact of domestic politics on the foreign policies of states, and the nexus of public health and security.