China’s rise: prosperity, power and pushback

Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC, Chancellor of the ANU and Former Foreign Minister (1988-1996), will be launching the China Story Yearbook: Power at this exciting event co-hosted by the Australian Centre on China and the World and King & Wood Mallesons.

Date: 1 May 2019
Time: 3.30pm - 5.00pm
Venue: King & Wood Mallesons, Level 50, Bourke Place, 600 Bourke Street, Melbourne, VIC3000

Refreshments included.

In 2018, the People's Republic of China (PRC) was more powerful than at any other time in its modern history and one of the most powerful countries in the world. The China Story Yearbook: Power surveys the various ways in which the Party-state wields its hard, soft and sharp power, both in China and abroad. Citizens of the PRC have long had to negotiate the state's power and influence in their life. Increasingly, diaspora communities and non-Chinese citizens, companies and governments around the world are learning to do the same. Some submit, some push back.
The evening's panel will cover China's power in Africa, the Communist Party's language of power, the rapid expansion of state-owned enterprises and the challenges facing China's non-state sector, and 'Girl Power' (exploring feminism and gender inequality in China today, and its economic implications).

About our Panellists

Jane Golley is an economist and Director of the Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW) at The Australian National University (ANU). Her research over several decades has covered a wide range of Chinese transition and development issues, including industrial agglomeration and regional policy; demographic change and economic growth; rural-urban and gender inequalities in education and income; socialism with Chinese characteristics and the Belt and Road Initiative. Jane is actively engaged in public policy and media debate regarding the Australia-China relationship. She is a co-editor of the China Story Yearbook series, including Power, published in 2019.

Ben Hillman is a comparative political scientist who specialises in political change and ethnic politics in Asia. He is the author or editor of five books, including Patronage Power: Local State Networks and Part-state Resilience in Rural China, published by Stanford University Press and Ethnic Conflict and Protest in Tibet and Xinjiang: Unrest in China's West (with Gray Tuttle), published by Columbia University Press . He is currently working on a new book on China's Tibetan areas. Ben has worked as an adviser to the United Nations and to national governments on political inclusion and the governance of conflict-affected areas.

Beyongo Mukete Dynamic is an associate editor for the National Times News, an online newspaper based in Cameroon, and research officer at the Australian Centre on China in the World, ANU. Beyongo gained his PhD in Political Science from ANU in 2018 and his PhD thesis explored how domestic factors and actors shape the regulation of Chinese investment in Zambia. Beyongo's research interests include international political economy, BRICS, Africa's political economy, geo-economics, Australia's foreign policy and political philosophy. He speaks English, French, Russian and some Mandarin.

Gloria Davies is Professor of Chinese Studies at Monash University and has published widely on modern Chinese intellectual politics and Chinese literary and cultural topics. She is the author of Worrying About China: On Chinese Critical Inquiry (2007) and Lu Xun's Revolution: Writing in a Time of Violence (2013).  She also engages in collaborative research across several areas in Asian cultural and media studies. She is a regular contributor to the China Story Yearbook project based at the Australian Centre of China in the World, ANU.   
The China Story Yearbook: Power is available for purchase at a discounted price of $20 (RRP$45). All proceeding will go towards funding the next Yearbook.


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