Contemporary China Studies

Coercion or spontaneity? Ideal government according to the Laozi and Hanfeizi

Thursday, 13 February, 2014 -
17:00 to 18:30
Room 207, Institute for Chinese Studies, Walton Street

The main focus of this paper is the well known (but often downplayed) question of affinity between the Laozi and Hanfeizi. Both these texts claim that the ideal government is a state of harmony when all individuals spontaneously (without coercion) follow a pre-established order

Speaker(s): 
Dušan Vavrá (Masaryk University)

The Ascendancy of Xi Jinping: Uniting the Tribes of Chinese Communism

Thursday, 23 January, 2014 -
17:00 to 18:30
Room 207, Institute for Chinese Studies, Walton Street

Abstract: I will draw on official biographies, personal memoirs and interviews with elite families to trace two different traditions in Chinese communism that have been drawn together under the presidency of Xi Jinping.

Speaker(s): 
John Garnaut (Fairfax Media)

Xi Jinping: His First Year as Party Secretary 习近平治党一年评估

Wednesday, 22 January, 2014 -
14:00 to 16:00
Manor Road Building, Room E

While there is much confusion about the meaning and significance of many the public statements and policy documents underwritten by Xi Jinping during his first year in office, one point is clear: Xi has been more successful at consolidating his authority within the Chinese Communist Party than an

Speaker(s): 
Deng Yuwen, Independent Writer, Former Deputy Editor of Study Times, newspaper of the Central Party School

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