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17:30 - 19:00 27 March 2014

Is China becoming a global hegemon?: Chinese foreign investment and power in a multipolar world


AV Hill Lecture Theatre | Medical Sciences and Anatomy Building (link Map)
Gower Street | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Martin Jacques, Martin Jacques is the author of the global best-seller When China Rules the World: the End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order (2009). His TED talk on how to understand China has had 1.6 million views. He is a Senior Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Studies, Cambridge University, and a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing. He is also a non-resident Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy, Washington DC. He is a columnist for the Guardian and the New Statesman, and is the former deputy editor of the Independent. He was formerly the editor of the renowned London-based monthly Marxism Today until its closure in 1991 and was co-founder of the think-tank Demos.
Dr Hong Bo, Dr Hong Bo is Reader in Financial Economics at the Department of Financial & Management Studies, SOAS, University of London. Dr Bo received her degrees in Economics from Lanzhou University, Renmin University of China; London School of Economics; and University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Dr Bo’s research covers topics in financial economics, including firm investment decisions under uncertainty, capital market imperfections, corporate finance, corporate governance, and the Chinese economy.
Dr Jan Knoerich, Lecturer on the Economy of China & Scholar Lau China Institute, King’s College London. Jan Knoerich holds a PhD in Economics (with reference to China) from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He joins King’s College London after teaching Chinese economy and research methods as a Departmental Lecturer at the University of Oxford’s School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies. Jan also spent several years working on international investment and development issues for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva.
Roy Graff, Project Director, Eco Heritage Tourism, Project Directoris an accomplished Business Development and Marketing specialist with a digital economy focus who has covered all aspects of market research, strategy, operations, sales and marketing. He led the market entry into China in 2002 of a multinational travel company and launched his own China-focused boutique consultancy in 2005, ChinaContact. He advises to private and public sector clients in Asia, Europe, Africa, Middle East and North America. As a keen supporter of sustainable development and environmental protection he held several volunteer positions, including Vice President of communications at PACE (Professional Association for China's Environment) in China and council member of Tourism Concern in the UK.
Professor Zheng Xiao Guo, UCL’s Pro-Provost for China and professor of Materials Chemistry. As Pro-Provost for China, he contributes to UCL’s overall international strategy and oversees UCL’s specific interactions with the China region (including the Mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau). He is the Chair of the Education Ice-Breakers of the 48 Group Club, promoting positive education and education-business links between the UK and China; and an Overseas' Expert Adviser to the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He was the “Focal-Point” for UK-China collaborations in Nanotechnology and Materials Science, appointed by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and the Foreign Commonwealth Office, to promote UK-China collaborations in the subject area.

The format of the evening will be a panel discussion chaired by UCL’s Professor Zheng Xiao Guo, followed by a Q&A session. The panellists will engage in questions such as:

  • Are Chinese investments helping or damaging Africa?
  • Is China still a developing nation?
  • Will China become a new global hegemon?
  • Are China and the EU partners or rivals?
  • The battle of ideas. Will capitalism with Chinese characteristics survive in its current shape?

Organised by IPPR and School of Public Policy.


Dimitrios Kraniotis
+44 (0)20 7679 4902 | d.kraniotis@ucl.ac.uk


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