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Inaugural Lecture: Professor Kerry Brown


Title: ‘Xi Jinping and Communist Party of China: The Power and the Glory’

Date: Tuesday 25 October 2016

Time:  18.30 hours

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Lecture venue: Edmond J Safra Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, King's Building, Strand Campus, King's College London

Wine reception: Chapters, 2nd Floor, King's Building, Strand Campus, King's College London


`The current leader of China, Xi Jinping, has consolidated power in ways which were unimagined, and unexpected, when he emerged as paramount leader in 2012. But there remains uncertainty and confusion about what sort of framework to locate his power in. Is he a new Maoist kind of dictator, someone with absolute control over the body politic of China. Or something akin to a post-modern style strong man, the Putin of the People's Republic? And where precisely does his power come from? This lecture will look at the various sources of power in contemporary China, and ask the question about what that power is, how it manifests itself, and what it means for the rest of the world. Central to this is the culture, traditions, narratives  and ideology of the organisation that Xi heads - the Communist Party of China. Understanding the relationship between Xi and the Party gets us closer to truly knowing what his powers are, where the start, and, most importantly, where they may end. '



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 lived in the Inner Mongolia region of China from 1994 to 1996. He has a Master of Arts from Cambridge University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Mandarin Chinese (Distinction) from Thames Valley University, London, and a Ph D in Chinese politics and language from Leeds University. 

Professor Brown directed the Europe China Research and Advice Network (ECRAN) giving policy advice to the European External Action Service between 2011 and 2014. He is the author of over ten books on modern Chinese politics, history and language, the most recent of which are The New Exmperors: Power and the Princelings in China (2014), What's Wrong with Diplomacy: The Case of the UK and China (2015) and the Berkshire DIctionary of Chinese Biography (in Four Volumes- 2014-2015). His `China's CEO: Xi Jinping' was published in 2016, along with `China and the New Maoists'

Department: Lau China Institute - School of Global Affairs

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