Lecture: "The world according to Xi Jinping: what is his vision for China in the 21st century?" Professor Kerry Brown, King's College London, 15 May 2017
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.
First published: 5 April 2017