Roundtable: ‘The People’s Republic of China at 70.’ Prof Zeng Jinghan, University of Lancaster, Dr Neil Munro, University of Glasgow, 10 October 2019 @6pm

People’s Republic of China at 70

10 October 2019 at 6pm Roundtable
Title: ‘The People’s Republic of China at 70.’
Speakers: Prof Zeng Jinghan, University of Lancaster, Dr Neil Munro, University of Glasgow
Location: Yudowitz Lecture Theatre, Wolfson Medical Building, University of Glasgow

On 1st October 2019 the People’s Republic of China celebrated its 70th anniversary. At this roundtable event, Dr Zeng Jinghan (University of Lancaster) and Dr Neil Munro (University of Glasgow) first speak on China’s transformations over the last 70 years and then take questions from the audience.


Jinghan Zeng is Professor of China and International Studies in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion and UK Director of Confucius Institute at Lancaster University. He previously taught at University of Warwick, De Montfort University and University of London's Royal Holloway College, where he co-founded Centre for Politics in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East (AAME). His research lies in the field of China's domestic and international politics. He is the author of The Chinese Communist Party's Capacity to Rule: Ideology, Legitimacy and Party Cohesion (2015). His academic papers have appeared in The Pacific ReviewJournal of Contemporary China, International Affairs, JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies among others. He frequently appears in the media including the BBC, ABC Australia, Al Jazeera, Voice of America, Russia Today (RT) and China Global Television Network (CGTN). He has written op-ed articles for The Diplomat, BBC(Chinese), The ConversationPolicy Forum among others. Before his academic career, he worked for the United Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs in New York City.

Dr Neil Munro holds a BA (combined honours) in Chinese and Russian (Queensland, 1990) and a PhD in public policy from University of Strathclyde (2004). He has a comparative interest in participation in governance in post-communist societies, and has published more than two dozen articles on a wide range of themes ranging from acceptance of bureaucratic norms through national identity, regime legitimacy and social cohesion. His work on China has been published in the Journal of Contemporary China, Journal of Chinese Governance, Europe-Asia Studies, and The China Journal, and supported by major grants from the ESRC, the Scottish Funding Council and EuropeAid. His current research focusses on issues of  accountability and democracy in environmental governance in China and Tanzania. Dr Munro has written Op-Ed pieces for The Conversation and Asia Dialogue, and given interviews on BBC Radio Scotland and STV.

The Scottish Centre for China Research Seminar Programme gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the MacFie Bequest.

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First published: 17 September 2019

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