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The China Model of State Capitalism: Appeals and limitations   View Summary
28 March 2011

Professor Suisheng Zhao, Editor of the Journal of contemporary China, argues that while China indeed presents a unique model of rapid economic growth and relative political stability, it is hardly avictory of state capitalism. For all its appeals, the China model has serious flaws that may threaten its sustainability.

Professor Suisheng Zhao is Professor and Executive Director of the Centre for China-US Cooperation at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Contemporary China, the only English language journal edited in North America that provides exclusive information about contemporary Chinese affairs for scholars, businessmen and government policymakers.

Professor Jun Xu: Medicinal Chemistry Inspired by Traditional Chinese Medicine Informatics   View Summary
5 May 2011

Co-presented with the Faculty of Phamacy

Presenter: Prof. Jun Xu, Sun Yat-Sen University, China

Thisseminar presents case studies on deducing novel Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM) anti-influenza and anti-hyperlipedemia prescriptions from structure biology. The studies suggest that, by further investigating TCM theory and mining TCM databases, a better drug discovery paradigm may arise - one that can be beneficial to both TCM and modern medicine.

Professor Jun Xu, Professor of Med-chem & CADD, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and the director and founding professor of the research centre for drug discovery (RCDD) at Sun Yat-Sen University (SYSU) in Guangzhou, China. His main focus at SYSU has been to apply the principles of chemoinformatics to the design of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) remedies.

China and Latin America Workshop   View Summary
11 May 2011

Relations between China and Latin America are an emerging feature of international relations. The University of Leeds Department of East Asian Studies and the University of Sydney China Studies Centre have collaborated to organize a workshop on this topic for May 2011 in Leeds. The aim is a collection of essays examining different aspects of the China Latin America relationship.



Jörn Dosch, University of Leeds

East Asia and Latin America: Interactions and lessons


David S G Goodman, University of Sydney

The China Model: Implications and impact

José Luis León Manríquez, UNAM

China, Latin America and the USA


Adrian Hearn, University of Sydney

Clarifying Transparency: The China-Latin America-U.S. Triangle

Juan Carlos Pachuz, ITESM Puebla

Chinese Foreign Direct Investment: The case of Chile, Peru and Argentina.

12:45-13:30 BUFFET LUNCH

13:30-15:00 CHINA AND MEXICO

Roberto Hernández Hernández, UdeG

China and Mexico

Minglu Chen, University of Sydney

Negligence or Arrogance?: Mexico from the China perspective

Beatriz Carrillo Garcia, UTS

Comparative Health Care: China and Mexico

15:00-15:15 COFEE BREAK


Gonzalo Paz, George Washington University

China and Argentina

Rhys Jenkins, UEA

China and Brazil

Ana Lucía Salinas de Dosch, Leeds Metropolitan University

China and Ecuador


David S G Goodman and Jörn Dosch

17:00-18:00 BOOK LAUNCH

Adrian H. Hearn and José Luis León Manríquez (eds) China Engages Latin America: Tracing the Trajectory, Lynne Rienner

Professor Xia Fei: Police Power in China   View Summary
18 May 2011

Jointly presented by the Centre for Asian and Pacific Law, the Institute of Criminology and the China Studies Centre, the University of Sydney

Police power control has become a hot issue in China in recent years. In this seminar, Professor Xia Fei will discuss the police power of administrative management, the police power of criminal investigation and the improvement of the police power control system in China.

Dr Xia Fei is an associate professor of East China University of Political Science and Law. Her academic research field is criminal justice, especially the policing issue. She is the co-author of two books, Study on Order Maintenance and The history of Criminal Law in Western Countries. Her new book The Change of Police Power in England and Wales will be published in June. Professor Xia's recent articles include: "The Change of Crime Reason and the Challenge to Police work", from Study on Order Maintenance, Edited by Guo Taisheng, 2010; and, "The Transplantation of the Police System from the West in the Late Qing Dynasty", Journal of XinJiang Police Officers' Academy, 2008(4).

The Use of Culture in China    View Summary
22 May 2011

The workshop is designed both as a start to dialogue between scholars in China and from the rest of the world on this topic; and to interface with current discussions taking place for theWUNGlobal Challenge on Cultural Understanding to organize a project on The Use of Culture more globally.

There are no formal papers. Presenters speak for ten to fifteen minutes; a designated discussant will then respond before a period of general discussion.


9.00-9.30 Introduction

9.30-10.15 Robert Bickers, University of Bristol

Culture in National Humiliation Discourse and Patriotic Education

Discussant:Andrew Thompson, University of Leeds

10.15-11.00 Carolyn Cartier,UTS

The New Creative City and Culture as Copy
Discussant:David Goodman, University of Sydney

11.00-11.15 Break

11.15-12.00 Jeffrey Riegel, University of Sydney

Confucius in the Twenty-first Century

Discussant:Ka Lin, Zhejiang University

12.00-12.45 Gary Sigley, UWA

Discovering 'Culture' Along the Ancient Tea Horse Road
Discussant:Minglu Chen, University of Sydney

12.45-2.00 Lunch

2.00-2.45 Terry Woronov, University of Sydney

The 'Cultured' Young Person
Discussant:Jieyu Liu, University of Leeds

2.45-3.30 Wu Zongjie, Zhejiang University

Vernacular Heritage, Fragments and Confucian Historical Narrative- The Uses of Heritage as Cultural Transformational Practice
Discussant:Hans Hendrischke, University of Sydney

3.30-3.45 Break

3.45-4.30Zhou Xiaohong, Nanjing University

Culture Feedback(文化反哺)The Use and Abuse of Modern Chinese Culture.

Discussant:Gordon Houlden, University of Alberta

Other participants include:
Beatriz Carrillo, UTS
Nong Hong, University of Alberta
Deborah Posel, University of Cape Town

Mike Chinoy: Assignment China   View Summary
15 June 2011

Co-presented with Sydney Ideas

For over sixty years, reporting by a handful of American journalists has shaped global perceptions of China. Covering China has long been one of the most difficult assignments in journalism. It is also one of the most important.

Former CNN Asia correspondent Mike Chinoy, now a Senior Fellow at the US-China Institute at the University of Southern California, has gathered the perceptions, experiences and insights of these correspondents inAssignment: China, a fascinating seven-part documentary film series.

Join us for a preview of two of those segments, one focusing on the American correspondents who covered the Chinese civil war from 1945-49, the other looking at the first generation of U.S. reporters allowed to open news bureaus in Beijing after the normalization of Sino-American relations in 1979.

After the screening, Mike Chinoy, who spent eight years as CNN's first Beijing bureau chief, will share with us some of his own experiences as a Beijing correspondent, and answer questions about both the film and current affairs in China. He will be in discussion with a panel of local China watchers including:

  • Rowan Callick, Asia-Pacific editor The Australian newspaper
  • Wanning Sun, Professor of Chinese Media and Cultural Studies at China Research Centre, UTS
  • Chaired by David Goodman, Professor of Chinese Politics, University of Sydney

The reporters whose stories are told in the two episodes Mike will screen are legendary figures in the world of journalism. They include:

-Seymour Topping, who covered the Chinese civil war for the Associated Press and later became Managing Editor of the New York Times

-Roy Rowan, who was Life magazine's Shanghai correspondent from 1947-49

-John Roderick, who covered China for the Associated Press from 1945-48, including seven months in Yenan with Communist leaders, and later returned to reopen the AP bureau in Beijing in 1979

-Annalee Jacoby, who covered China in the mid-1940s for Time and was the co-author, with Theodore White, of the acclaimed book Thunder Out of China

-Henry Lieberman, who was the New York Times China correspondent from 1945-49

-Doak Barnett, who reported from China for the Chicago Daily News from 1947-49

Among the others who feature in the documentary are virtually all the journalists who opened the first U.S. news bureaus after normalization in 1979:

-Richard Bernstein (Time)

-Fox Butterfield (The New York Times)

-Frank Ching (The Wall Street Journal)

-Bruce Dunning (CBS News)

-Sandy Gilmour (NBC News)

-Jim Laurie (ABC News)

-Melinda Liu (Newsweek)

-Jay Matthews (The Washington Post)

-Linda Mathews, (Los Angeles Times)

Described by the Washington Post's current Beijing correspondent Keith Richburg as "a must-see for anyone interested in the media, China, or both," by former CBS News anchor Dan Rather as a "great project", and by former U.S. Ambassador to China Winston Lord as "invaluable for classroom use and more broadly for the general public," Assignment: China offers a rare - and entertaining - glimpse of some crucial moments in the history of journalism and China.

Prof. Erik Olin Wright: Understanding Class   View Summary
16 June 2011

Prof. Erik Olin Wright argues that although the Marxist tradition is a valuablebodyof ideas because it successfully identifies real mechanisms that matter for a wide range of important problems, this does not mean it has a monopoly on the capacity to identify such mechanisms.

In practice, sociological research by Marxists should combine the distinctive Marxist-identified mechanisms with whatever other causal processes seem pertinent to the explanatory task at hand. What might be called a 'pragmatist realism' has replaced the 'grand battle of paradigms'. In this seminar, Prof. Wright will focus on three clusters of causal processes relevant to class analysis, each associated with a different strand of sociological theory.

Erik Olin Wright is Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His research has mainly concerned comparative class analysis and problems of rethinking the foundations of contemporary Marxist theory.

He has published more than 10 books, including Reconstructing Marxism: essays on Explanation and the Theory of History, with Elliott Sober and Andrew Levine (Verso, 1992), Interrogating Inequality (London: Verso, 1994), Class Counts: Comparative Studies in Class Analysis (Cambridge University Press, 1997, 2000), and recently American Society: how it really works, with Joel Rogers (New York: W.W. Norton, 2010).

Conference: Social Sciences and Humanities Meet the Changing World   View Summary
25 June 2011 to 26 June 2011

The conference will feature two prominent scholars as keynote speakers: Professor Francis Fukuyama from Stanford University and Professor Tu Weiming from Harvard University.

The purpose of this conference is to direct scholarly attention to profound changes in values, norms, lifestyles, developmental models, and institutional arrangements as well as the social and political restructuring of the world order and other social, economic, political and environmental impacts on the world brought about by globalization, green revolution, and other transnational and global forces.

China Studies Centre Executive Committee members Alison Betts, Thomas J. Berghuis, Yiyan Wang and members Peter Jia, Duanfang Lu and Hyun Jin Kim will attend the conference.

(Image: Li Xiaobin)

Kevin O'Brien: Politics at The Boundary   View Summary
8 July 2011

China Studies Distinguished Lecture Series

The state is a famously elusive concept. One way to understand a state is to view it from below, from the perspective of people advocating change.

Prof. O'Brien suggests, in China, lawyers, journalists and NGO leaders who operate at the boundary of the acceptable are attentive to signals about what the authorities will tolerate. Their experiences suggest that mixed signals about the limits of the permissible is a key feature of the Chinese state. Beyond a few, well-patrolled "forbidden zones," the Chinese state speaks with many voices and its bottom line is often unclear. In China and other authoritarian regimes, how the authorities treat advocacy reveals much about the nature of the state. At the border of the ordinary and the forbidden, the Chinese state is not the high-capacity juggernaut familiar from the headlines, but a hodgepodge of disparate actors ambivalent about what types of activism it can live with.

Professor O'Brien's research focuses on Chinese politics in the reform era. His most recent work centres on theories of popular contention, particularly the origins, dynamics and outcomes of "rightful resistance" in rural China. He is the author of Reform Without Liberalization: China's National People's Congressand the Politics of Institutional Change (Cambridge, 1990, paperback, 2008) and the co-author of Rightful Resistance in Rural China (Cambridge, 2006). He is the co-editor of Engaging the Law in China: State, Society and Possibilities for Justice (Stanford, 2005, paperback 2010) and the editor of Popular Protest in China (Harvard, 2008). In October 2010, his new co-edited volume, Grassroots Elections in China, was published by Routledge.

Social Change In China   View Summary
9 August 2011

Co-Presented with Sydney Ideas

Dr Beatriz Carrillo will discuss population movements in and out of China's vastnetwork of towns and small cities. Here the inclusion/exclusion of rural migrant workers is assessed through an examination of rural workers' immersion into a small town's labour market, their access to welfare benefits and to social services, such as housing, education and health.

Dr Minglu Chen will discuss, the situation of women in enterprise ownership and leadership indicates that despite gender inequality for women during China's reform years, women are playing a more active and significant role in China's economic development than currently thought. She will examine the deeper realities of women entrepreneurs in China, and by extension the role of leading women in the workforce.


Professor Maurizio Marinelli, Director, Centre for Social & Cultural Change in China Investment, UTS, Sydney will launch three new books by Dr Beatriz Carrillo, Dr Minglu Chen and Dr Jane Duckett.

China's Changing WelfareMix: Local Perspectives (Edited by Beatriz Carrillo, JaneDuckett) Small TownChina: Rural Labour and Social Inclusion (By Beatriz Carrillo) Tiger Girls: Women and Enterprise in the People's Republic of China (By Minglu Chen)

Beatriz Carillo is originally from Mexico. She completed her first degree in International Relations at the TEC de Monterrey (ITESM). She lived, studied and worked in Japan and in China, before coming to Australia to undertake her doctoral studies. She completed her PhD at UTS in 2006 with the doctoral thesis New Urban Space in China: Towns, Rural Labour and Social Inclusion.

Minglu Chen is Australian Research Council Postgraduate Research Fellow in the Department of Government and International Relations, University of SydneyHer research concentrates on social and political change in local China and entrepreneurship in China.

Gilbert Rozman: How China's assertiveness is impacting the search for regionalism in East Asia   View Summary
15 August 2011

Image of Gilbert Rozman
Image of Gilbert Rozman

Professor Rozman's introductory comments at the Roundtable will centre on the dynamics of the search for regionalism in East Asia and the driving forces of China's assertiveness. Assessing Chinese writings on regionalism in 2009-11 in contrast to those of Japan and South Korea, Rozman will cover the East Asian Summit, ASEAN + 3, the Six-Party Talks, and trilateralism in Northeast Asia.

Gilbert Rozman is Musgrave Professor of Sociology at Princeton University. His current research focuses on national identities in China, Japan, Russia, and South Korea, and how they shape bilateral trust and evolving relations in the region.

Gilbert Rozman: East Asian National Identity Gaps   View Summary
16 August 2011

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Image of Professor Rozman

Introducing a six-dimensional, comparative approach to national identity, ProfessorRozman will trace the recent evolution of national identity in China, Japan, South Korea and the United States. He will argue that evolving national identity gaps involve much more than historical memories of war.

Gilbert Rozmanis Musgrave Professor of Sociology at Princeton University.

Hiscurrent research focuses on national identities in China, Japan, Russia, and South Korea, and how they shape bilateral trust and evolving relations in the region.

Building an Asia Pacific Community: Economic, Security and Socio-Political Dimensions   View Summary
30 August 2011

Presented by The Sydney Centre for International Law (SCIL) and TheCentre for Asian And Pacific Law (CAPLUS)

Sponsored by the China Studies Centre (CSC).

This mini-symposium will consider regulatory and legal implications of the proposal by Australia's present Foreign Minister to go beyond existing mechanisms within the vibrant Asia-Pacific region to promote an "Asia Pacific community" entrenching better "habits of cooperation" in economic, security and socio-political affairs.
A leading political scientist and former diplomat, Professor Philomena Murray (University of Melbourne), will set this initiative in the context of existing institutions in the region and other parts of the world (including the European Union and South America) as well as other Asia-Pacific regional integration initiatives.

Sydney Law School experts in international business law (Dr Luke Nottage, Dr Brett Williams and Micah Burch) will consider innovative ways to develop Free Trade Agreements and tax treaties to advance more ambitious yet sustainable economic integration, as well as more effective resolution and avoidance of disputes involving both states and firms within the region. As public international law experts, Dr Ben Saul will examine regional securities issues while Irene Baghoomians will consider human rights implications, including new ASEAN initiatives. Professor Peter Drysdale, one of Australia's leading experts in Asia's political economy and co-editor of the widely-read East Asian Forum blog, will provide overall comments and chair this unique event.

For the full program, please visitSydney Law School website.

Registration fees
Full fee: $165 (inc GST)
Sydney Law School alumni/Govt: $132 (inc GST)
F/T students/academics and NGO: $44 (inc GST)
CSC Members: FREE
CSC Members please note: to register your free attendance, please contact the Event Coordinator at email: to secure your place.

Firewall China: the Internet and Social Media   View Summary
5 September 2011

Co-presented withSydney Ideasand the Australian Centre on China inthe World at Australian National University.

The Chinese internet is fundamentally different from the internet most westerners experience. It is highly controlled and censored. Blog posts, newspaper reports, and even government propaganda articles and videos sometimes disappear without any notice. Chinese internet users are very cynical, often believing that anything reported in the official and commercial media is likely to be a lie.

In this talk, Jeremy Goldkorn, founder of Danwei, will discuss the internet community and social media in China. He argues that, falsehoods, rumors and unreliable information are equally common on the internet, but for breaking news and critical commentary, there is no other place for Chinese citizens.

A very current example: you could find out more about the bullet train crash of July 23 that has killed at least 40 people on Weibo ("China's Twitter") than you could in the official media. And the most reliable death toll and list of victims is currently being compiled as online, in a shared Google doc.

Jeremy Goldkorn founded the popular China media website in 2003, tracking the changes in China's media and internet on a daily basis with translations, original articles, videos and blog posts.

Goldkorn's writing has appeared in many Chinese and foreign publications including The Guardian, The New York Times, Life (生活), and Cosmopolitan's China edition (时尚杂志), covering a range of subjects from media regulation, internet business, freedom of expression, the habits of young Chinese internet users Sino-African affairs, the Great Wall and Chinese consumer culture. Public Affairs Asia magazine called Goldkorn "one of China's most prolific and powerful social media commentators."

Jeremy Goldkorn is a Beijing-based associate of the Australian Centre on China in the World at ANU.

Event Cancellation: China and the United States in Global Governance   View Summary
26 September 2011

Due to unforeseeable circumstances, we have to cancel Professor Rosemary Foot's Roundtable at China Studies Centre on Monday 26 September. We apologise any inconvenience this might cause and will reconstitute this arrangement at a later date.

China and the United States have been interacting in international organizations and other global governance mechanisms for the pastfour decades. How have they interpreted each others' behaviour in such organizations? How productive have their encounters in these venues been, both in terms of their own interests and for global order? What do their recent interactions tell us about the extent to which China, as its relative power has grown, is setting out to resharp global norms and institutions?

These questions will form the basis of a paper that Professor Rosemary Foot will be drafting over the next few months and will form the starting point of this Round Table discussion.

Rosemary Foot is Professor of International Relations, and the John Swire Senior Research Fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford University. Her principal research interests are in the International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, particularly security policies, human rights, regional institutional and normative developments, and US-China relations.

Event Cancellation: China, the United States, and Global Order   View Summary
27 September 2011

Due to unforeseeable circumstances, we have to cancel Professor Rosemary Foot's Sydney Ideas Lecture in the New Law School Tuesday 27 September. We apologise any inconvenience this might cause and will reconstitute this arrangement at a later date.

Co-presented with Sydney Ideas

In this talk, Rosemary Foot will discuss the main conclusions of her recent book China, the United States, and Global Order (co-authored with Andrew Walter, Cambridge). As the two most important states in the international system, Foot recognizes the United States and China as crucial to the evolution of global order. Increasingly, they have come to see each other as vital players in a range of issues of global significance, including the use of force, macroeconomic policy, non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, climate change and financial regulation.

Foot will explore the question of Chinese and US behavioural consistency with global norms in these issue areas, explaining why sometimes there has been convergence with significant norms and sometimes divergence from global normative frameworks. She will also show how the US-China bilateral relationship itself influences the stances that each country takes.

Rosemary Foot is Professor of International Relations, and the John Swire Senior Research Fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford University. Her principal research interests are in the International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, particularly security policies, human rights, regional institutional and normative developments, and US-China relations.

Justice and Community in Chinese and Western Political Thought   View Summary
6 October 2011

Presented by Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Sponsored by China Studies Centre


Daniel Bell (Shanghai Jiaotong/Tsinghua University, China)
'Confucianism and Nationalism: A reconciliation'

Joseph Chan (Hong Kong University)
'Social Justice and Care: Towards a Confucian Perspective'

Jeffrey Riegel (the University of Sydney, Australia)
'Homicide, Homosexual Rape and the Pursuit of Justice in Early 19th Century China'

Duncan Ivison (the University of Sydney, Australia) 'Two pictures of injustice'


CANCELLED: Reflections on Cultural Identity   View Summary
26 October 2011

Presented with Sydney Ideas andthe Departmentof Anthropologyand theDepartment of Ancient History and Classics, the University of Sydney

The visit of Professors Jean and John Comaroff is jointly sponsored by the China Studies Centre, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences,, the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry(SOPHI), the School of Social and Political Sciences(SPSS) and CCANESA; at the University of Sydney.

The politics of cultural identity, far from receding with the modernity, appears to have taken on new force in the wake of the cold war - especially with the triumphal rise of neoliberal capitalism on a global scale. This has yielded many efforts to explain the continued salience of ethnicity in a "new" world order that, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, was widely predicted to dissolve difference in the face of global flows of people, objects, currencies, signs, styles, desires. Less attention, however, has been paid to a subtle shift in the nature of ethnicity: its commodification.

This lecture is devoted to showing that, increasingly, ethnic groups across the planet are beginning to act like corporations that own a "natural" copyright to their "culture" and "cultural products" - framed in terms, also, of heritage and indigenous knowledge - which they protect, often by recourse to the law, and on which they capitalize in much the same way as do incorporated businesses in the private sector. Why is this occurring? What are its political, economic, social, and ethical consequences? How is it transforming the nature of ethnicity and citizenship in the nation-state? And what are its theoretical implications for understanding such foundational social science concepts as culture and identity? These are the questions that will be addressed by distinguished anthropologists Professors Jean and John Comaroff in their presentation for Sydney Ideas.

Jean Comaroff is Bernard E. & Ellen C. Sunny Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology and of Social Sciences in the College, and in the Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Chicago. She has conducted fieldwork in southern Africa and Great Britain and is interested in colonialism, modernity, ritual, power, and consciousness. Her specific foci of study have included the religion of the Southern Tswana peoples (past and present); colonialism and Christian evangelism and liberation struggles in southern Africa; healing and bodily practice, and the making of local worlds in the wake of global "modernity" and commodification.

John Comaroff is the Harold H. Swift Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology and of Social Sciences in the College at the University of Chicago. He does research in southern Africa, concentrating on the Tswana peoples and is is interested in colonialism, postcoloniality, modernity, neoliberalism, social theory, and the history of consciousness; in politics, law, and historical anthropology.

Word and Image : East and West   View Summary
28 October 2011 to 29 October 2011

The symposium is organized by Giorgia Alù andFrancesco Borghesi of the Department of
Italian Studies, The University of Sydney.

It has been generously supported by the China Studies Centre (The University of Sydney), as well as by the School of Languages and Cultures, the Power Institute and the School of Letters, Art, and Media (The University of Sydney), and the China Research Centre (UTS). It has also been kindly supported by IAWIS - International Association of Word and Image Studies.

In the last twenty years the relationship between the visual and the verbal has become a key issue in the humanities in general and, in particular, in the creation of new inter-, multi- or transdisciplinary areas of study. Reaction to the growing presence of images in contemporary culture has, thus, led to a flourishing of publications, conferences and academic courses on the varied interactions between text and image. Yet, a comparative investigation on the way the East and West perceive the interrelation between the visual and the textual still needs
particular attention.

The purpose of the symposium is to bring together scholars and researchers from different backgrounds (historical, literary, theoretical or philosophical) in order to discuss and compare the mutual interdependence of words and images, the mixed mediality of the visual and the verbal, and the way they have been interlacing in different geographical and cultural areas, from Europe and the US to the Middle East and the Asia Pacific region, throughout the years.

Discussions will therefore focus on the different modalities one medium has been included in the other in the Western and Eastern cultures, as well as the way the interaction of word and image has contributed to challenge the East/West binary.

Inclusive growth in China & India: Role of institution building and governance   View Summary
28 October 2011

The workshop is organised by the School of Economics, in association with the China Studies Centre and South Asian Studies Group.

Canvassing a variety of issues around development and inclusive growth, the workshop will feature a special keynote address "Making Democratic-Governance Work: The Consequences for Prosperity", by Professor Pippa Norris (Harvard), currently Visiting Professor of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney.

The workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to discuss matters pertinent to women's employment and enterprise, rural workers and the challenges of inclusive urban development, and politics and governance in both China and India.

Showcasing experts from across the University of Sydney (Government & Industrial Relations, Political Economy, Sociology and Social Policy and The China Studies Centre), the workshop will also feature papers by Visiting Academicsfrom as The Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Hyderabad Campus and the Copenhagen Business School.

Latin America and China: Beyond Trade and Investments?   View Summary
1 November 2011

Co-presented with Sydney Ideas, this presentation will look atthebilateralrelationship from a socioeconomic perspective, discussing the possibilities for expanded cooperation in areas such as research and development, technology, education, and expanded cooperation in projects of mutual interest. To address these issues, the case of Mexico and China will be taken up as the focus, with the subsequent discussion looking for lessons from the existing Australia-China relationship.

Enrique Dussel Peters is a Professor of Economics at the National Autonomous University in Mexico (UNAM). His research has concentrated on theory of industrial organization, economic development, political economy, as well as on the manufacturing sector, trade and regional specialization patterns in Latin America and Mexico. He has collaborated and coordinated projects with Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Economic Commission for Latin America and the Carribean (ECLAC), the International Labour Organization (ILO), Ford Foundation and the Interamerican Development Bank (IADB), among other institutions.

China's Responses to the Arab Events   View Summary
16 November 2011

Presented by the China Studies Centre, this seminar

examines Chinesegrovermment's various responses to democratsation.

During the past two decades, the Chinese government has been pressured by three distinct waves of democratisation. The first wave happened in Eastern Europe in the 1990s following the collapse of the Soviet Union. The second took the form of the so-called Colour Revolutions in the former Soviet Republics in 2004-5. The Arab uprisings of 2011 are the most recent wave.

The Chinese government has developed effective managerial strategies to respond to each of these waves. In order to examine and understand the government's particular response to the Arab events, this seminar proposes that it is necessary to take into account the three democratic waves together, not in isolation.

Professor Baogang He (BA, Hangzhou Uni, 1981; MA, People's University of China, Beijing, 1986; Ph.D, ANU, Australia, 1993), Chair in International Studies at the School of Politics and International Studies, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. Professor He is the author of four single-authored books and three edited books, and 50 international refereed journal articles. His research interests cover deliberative democracy, Chinese democratization, Chinese politics, comparative politics, political theory, Asian regionalism, and federalism in Asia.

Strong Society, Smart State: The Rise of Public Opinion in China's Japan Policy. Book launch   View Summary
22 November 2011

Co-presented with Sydney Ideas, Strong Society, Smart State: The Rise of Public Opinion in China's Japan Policy will be launched by David Goodman.

The rise and influence of public opinion on Chinese foreign policy reveals a remarkable evolution in authoritarian responses to social turmoil. James Reilly shows how Chinese leaders have responded to popular demands for political participation with a sophisticated strategy of tolerance, responsiveness, persuasion, and repression—a successful approach that helps explain how and why the Communist Party continues to rule China.

Dr James Reillyis a Lecturer in Northeast Asian Politics in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. His research has appeared in Modern Asian Studies, Journal of Contemporary China, Survival, Washington Quarterly, Asian Survey, and China: An International Journal. He has been a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Oxford and a Fulbright Scholar at Renmin University in Beijing. He also worked with the American Friends Service Committee in China from 2001-2008. His new book is Strong Society, Smart State: The Rise of Public Opinion in China's Japan Policy (Columbia University Press, 2012).

Sydney China Business Forum 2011   View Summary
29 November 2011

The Sydney China Business Forum is a new international leaders forum addressing global and strategic China business issues of importance to Australia. The Sydney China Business Forum brings together Australian and Chinese thought leaders and decision makers to discuss emerging opportunities, challenges and to devise strategic responses.
It is presented by the University of Sydney China Studies Centre, which boasts one of the world's most comprehensive teams of researchers working in partnership with China across all disciplines, with a key focus on business development, emerging markets and business opportunities, in partnership with China's Caixin, a leading business media group whose Chief Editor is the world famous Hu Shuli.

The Sydney China Business Forum will feature interactive panel discussions addressing trade and investment strategies, joint finance of Australian resources infrastructure, Chinese outward investment, and internationalisation of the Chinese RMB.
Our speakers at the forum are thought leaders and decision-makers from government, business, finance, industry and Chinese media. They include:

  • Associate Professor Vivienne Bath - Associate Dean, University of Sydney Law School
  • Ian Bauert - Managing Director, Rio Tinto China
  • Nicholas Curtis AM - Founding Partner and Chairman, Riverstone Advisory
  • John Denton - Partner and CEO, Corrs, Chambers Westgarth
  • Nicholas Davis - Associate Director, World Economic Forum
  • The Hon Craig Emerson MP - Minister for Trade, Australia
  • Professor Alex Frino - CEO, University of Sydney Capital Markets
  • Professor Geoff Garrett - CEO, University of Sydney US Studies Centre
  • Professor David Goodman - Director, University of Sydney China Studies Centre
  • Professor Hans Hendrischke - Executive Chairman, University of Sydney China Studies Centre
  • The Hon Joe Hockey MP - Shadow Treasurer, Australia
  • Professor Yiping Huang - Managing Director & Chief Economist, Emerging Asia, Barclays Capital
  • Jason Yat-Sen Li - CEO of Yatsen Associates and Vice-Chair of the Australia-China Chamber of Commerce in Beijing
  • David Olsson - Partner, Mallesons Stephen Jacques
  • Dr John Phillips AO - Chair of the Foreign Investment Review Board, Australia
  • Professor Geoff Raby - Former Australian ambassador to China (until August 2011), Co-Chairman, Corrs Chambers Westgarth China Group; Professorial Fellow, Monash University
  • Hu Shuli - Editor-in-Chief of Caixin Media, Century Weekly and China Reform
  • The Hon Warwick Smith AM - Chairman, ANZ Bank NSW and ACT
  • The Hon Wayne Swan MP - Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer of Australia
  • The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP - Shadow Minister for Communications and Broadband
  • Dr Michael Wesley - Executive Director, Lowy Institute
  • Geoff Wilson - CEO, KPMG Australia
  • Professor Chenggang Xu - Professor of Economics, Hong Kong University
  • Professor Yongda Yu - Director Tsinghua University Institute for International Strategy and Development
  • Chen Zeng - Head of Australian Office, CITIC Group


Please note, ticket price includes an invitation to the opening cocktail reception at Government House on Monday 28 November, as well as full-day entry to the forum at Customs House on Tuesday 29 November.