Tuesday, November 1st, 7pm: Is Xi Jinping the new Chairman Mao?

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Date(s) - Tuesday, November 1 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Apartment


The current leader of China, Xi Jinping, has consolidated power in ways which were unimagined, and unexpected, when he emerged as leader in 2012. But there remains uncertainty and confusion about what sort of framework he will base his power on. Is he a new Maoist kind of dictator, someone with absolute control over the body politic of China? Or something akin to a post-modern style strong man, the Putin of the People’s Republic? And where precisely does his power come from? 

Professor Kerry Brown will address these questions while considering the sources of power in contemporary China, the outlook for China’s Communist Party, and what it means for the rest of the world.

About the Speaker:

Kerry Brown is Professor of Chinese Studies and Director of the Lau China Institute at King’s College, London. Between 2012 to 2015 he was Professor of Chinese Politics and Director of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, Australia, and 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 lived in the Inner Mongolia region of China from 1994 to 1996. 

Professor Brown 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, along with `China and the New Maoists’.

Venue: The Apartment
Yongfu road 47, 3F (near Fuxing Xi lu)
Time: 7pm-9pm (doors open at 7pm, event starts at 7:30pm)
Price: 50RMB SFCC members; 150RMB non-members. Price includes two drinks and canapés


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