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ChinaTalks Archive

In March 2014, and Asian Dynamics Initiative launched the lecture series ChinaTalks, which brings international scholars and experts specialized in China to the University of Copenhagen to give presentations for both students and external participants. The events are open to all, but registration is usually required.

For upcoming ChinaTalks head over to our calendar.

15 June 2015: Dr Zhao Quansheng
The New Type of US-China Relations: A Dual Leadership Structure in Asia-Pacific 

China and the U.S. have entered into a new structure with regards to leadership in the region. The rising power (China) plays a leadership role in the economic and financial dimensions (which can be seen in the most recent development of the China-led AIIB), while the existing hegemon (U.S.) plays a leadership role in the military, security, and political dimensions. 

Organizers:, the Department of Political Science

6 June 2015: Andrew Scobell
China's Great Leap Outward: Hard and Soft Dimensions of a Rising Power

The rise of China is perhaps the most compelling story in 21st Century world politics.  Much has been written on the subject, some of it reasoned and sensible and some of it speculation and hyperbole.  China’s rise is likely to continue but is not assured.  What kind of power - hard and soft - does China have and how effectively is China employing its power around the globe?  

Organizers:, the Department of Political Science

19 March 2015: Professor Li Lianjiang
The enigma of President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign

Li Lianjiang is Professor at the Department of Government and Public Administration, Chinese University of Hong Kong. 

Organizer: ThinkChina

19 March 2015: Professor Christian Gobel
Defragmenting Authoritarianism: Online complaining, accountability and power concentration in China

Christian Göbel is Professor of Chinese Studies at the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Vienna. 

Organizer: ThinkChina

9 March 2015: Professor Amitav Acharya
Taming China: Can Asia Overcome Chinese Dominance and Avoid Europe's Past?

While the rise of China is clearly reshaping the balance of power in Asia and the world at large, the region has also witnessed equally important and longer-term changes, especially economic interdependence, multilateral institutions and domestic politics. These changes, whose beginnings predate the rise of China, become clear by comparing Asia in the immediate aftermath of World War II and Asia today.

Organizers: ADI,, and Dept. of Political Science

7 October 2014: Dr. Ding Chun
The New Horizon of China's Socioeconomic Development

China’s current growth model is characterized by uneven wealth distribution and a number of demographic challenges, including a growing elderly population. But how are China’s social security systems being reformed to address issues like poverty and social insurance? The talk addresses such welfare-oriented reforms in light of China’s recent economic and social development. 

Organizers: Fudan-European Centre for China Studies, Asian Dynamics Initiative (ADI) and

3 October 2014: Dr. Bai Tongdong
Confucianism to save the world!

The cultural messages of a rising China, and how a Confucian hybrid regime can address issues that democracies are not structured to a address.

Organizers: Fudan-European Centre for China Studies, Asian Dynamics Initiative (ADI) and

30 September 2014: Dr. Shen Jie
Restless urban landscapes in China: Examining the effects of urbanization and urban lifestyles in post-reform China

Along with the launch of market-oriented reforms, the Chinese city has manifested itself with radical changes. The talk investigates the emergence of diversified spaces in post-reform China by exploring broader social forces influencing the production and consumption of urban landscapes.

Organizers: Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, Urban Culture Labs, Asian Dynamics Initiative (ADI) and

10 September 2014: Ou Ning
Bishan Project: Cultural Production and Social Engineering

Ou Ning questions and critiques the urbanization haze flowing through most of China's urban areas and areas on the urban fringe carrying with it extensive and serious consequences for China’s rural areas, both in terms of an atomization of rural communities, and in terms of the unequal division of political as well as economic resources between urban and rural areas. 

Organizers: Dept. of Arts and Cultural Studies and Asian Dynamics Initiative with support from the Danish Arts

25 August 2014: Dr. Shen Yifei
The iFamily: Self, Family and State in the Risk Society 

Departing from the theory of individualization, risk society and methodological individualism, the talk explored the concept of “iFamily” in today’s urban China. It is generally acknowledged that the modernization process has given rise to the nuclearization of the family with emphasis on emotional functions and on conjugal rather than intergenerational (parent-child) ties. 

Organizers: Dept. of Sociology, Koordinationen for Kønsforskning, ADI,

11 June 2014: Professor Yu Kongjian
Ecological Solutions to urban water issues in China

China’s rapid urbanization has given rise to a number of severe water-related environmental problems, including floods, contamination of drinking water, loss of habitats, and urban inundation. At the forefront of finding solutions to these problems in future planning is the landscape architecture firm Turenscape, which has been able to test ideas that are still only theories in the Western world. 

Organizers:, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, Asian Dynamics Initiative

12 May 2014: Professor David Lampton
Coping with Calamities: China’s Leaders and the Dilemmas of Reform 

China's leaders seek to govern a piece of global real estate that regularly creates enormous natural calamities, often in the context of inadequate resources. Meanwhile, the policy-making system the Party has fashioned over a very long time creates difficulties in responding to both natural and man-made challenges. 

Organizers:, Asian Dynamics Initiative and Department of Political Science

30 April 2014: Richard Herd
How long can China's economy continue to grow rapidly? Demographic and environmental challenges

China's economy is transforming rapidly, and faces a number of massive demographic and environmental challenges. But how can the economic changes best be understood, and what reforms will be necessary for ensuring a continued success in economic development? 

Organizers:, Asian Dynamics Initiative, Økonomisk Institut and Socialøkonomisk Samfund

3 April 2014: Anthropologist Vanessa Fong
Paradise Redefined: Transnational Chinese Students and the Quest for Flexible Citizenship in the Developed World 

Anthropologist Vanessa Fong visits the University of Copenhagen to present her longitudinal study of Chinese students who seek opportunities abroad for college. Her talk connects a deep and thorough data set on the experiences of her subjects - the first generation of China's reform era - to such concepts as transnationalism and flexible citizenship. 

Organizers:, Department of Anthropology, and Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies

26 March 2014: Professor David Zweig
Staying in Power: Why the Communist Party of China Will Continue to Rule 

Having led the People's Republic of China for 65 years, the Communist Party remains the country's unchallenged political authority. But why is it so successful at maintaining power, and why is it likely to continue leading the world's most significant rising power in the decades to come? 

Organizers: and ADI