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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.

8 March 2018, 15:00-17:00: Professor Brantly Womack

ChinaTalks lecture: China and the Re-centering of Asia 


Traditional China remained central to East and Central Asia despite centuries of discord and conquests by outsiders.  While China’s internal cohesion and preponderance of power wavered, the three constants underlying its centrality were its presence (central location and absence of alternative centers), its population, and its productivity.  In the modern era China was overpowered, but more importantly the West provided alternative presence and much greater productivity.  In the current multinodal era China’s ambition is to re-establish its centrality. Presence returns as inclusive connectivity.  Population returns as market. Production returns initially as manufactures but increasingly as technology and international services. But the diplomatic culture appropriate to globally inclusive Asian centricity is neither the paternalism of the tribute system nor the domination of modern imperialism. China’s major external challenge will be to avoid slipping into the traditional complacency that centrality implies superiority.

Organizers: and The Department of Political Science (UCPH)

7 March 2018, 15:00-17:00: Professor Jonathan Holslag 

ChinaTalks lecture: The Silk Road Trap - How China Damages Europe's Position in the Global Order


China's BRI is proposed to Europe as an opportunity. In this lecture Jonathan Holslag will evaluate to which extent trade with China has indeed been beneficial, what the intentions are behind the BRI promises, and how China's new economic diplomacy is organized. As China’s market share grows spectacularly in countries along the New Silk Road, key European member states have both lost market shares and even seen their exports shrink in absolute terms.

Organizers: and Centre for Military Studies

15 December 2017, 10:00-13:00: Professor Evans Chan

ChinaTalks lecture: The Birth of a Community Movie-Screening Curcuit in Post-Umbrella Movement Hong Kong


Hong Kong, being colonized for 155 years by Britain and obtaining partial democracy in its final months, was handed back to China in 1997, under a “one country, two systems” arrangement. Yet the ensuing deterioration of economic equity, rule of law and cultural and political autonomy in Hong Kong resulted in an extraordinary 79-day succession of Occupy street protests in 2014 known as the Umbrella Movement. The fear of and discontent with “the encroachment of China” has generated several independent films reflecting on Hong Kong’s past, present and future. Leading the charge was Ten Years, a dystopian cinematic envisioning of a Hong Kong with self-immolating protesters, PRC-planted terrorists, and secret archives for its oppressed indigenous culture. Launched in November 2015, the film gained notoriety when it was criticized by the PRC’s Global Times for being “absurd…ridiculous…and spread[ing] fear.”

Organizers: ThinkChina & the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, UCPH

27 November 2017: Professor Yuan Ren

ChinaTalks lecture: Rural Land Transfer Reforms and Chinese Urbanization 


Migration and China’s Urbanization is not only influenced by hukou system and related institutional/social exclusions in host cities, but also influence by rural land factors in their sending places. With empirical studies, the speaker will illustrate how rural land and rural land transfer will influence labors’ migratory decision and behavior in China, and emphasize joint bilateral reforms in urban sector (hukou reform) and in rural sector (land reform) are important for Chinese labor market building and future urbanization. 

Organizers: ThinkChina & Section for Landscape Architecture and Planing, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen

27 September 2017: Professor David Shambaugh

ChinaTalks lecture: Prospects for the 19th Party Congress and China's Future


The Chinese Communist Party approaches its 19th Congress this autumn and questions abound about the political strength and staying power of Xi Jinping. Who will compose the next Politburo, China’s top leadership? What will be their policy orientations? More deeply, though, there exist many questions about China's internal and external policy orientation, and whether the post-Congress leadership will be able to restart a variety of reforms that have stalled since the 18th Congress in 2012. There are also questions about the quality of the Communist Party itself, following five years of an intensive anti-corruption campaign, ideological tightening, and a severe crackdown on the public sphere in China. Will China stay on its current "hard authoritarian" path, or might it shift back in a more liberal direction? These and other pressing questions will be explored in Professor Shambaugh's public lecture.

Organizers:, Danish-Chinese Business Forum

9 September 2017: Professor Jack Qiu

ChinaTalks: Goodbye iSlave - A Manifesto for Digital Abolition


Old and new working-class people in China are adopting and appropriating digital media, while the digital economy is creating entirely new jobs, communities, and socio-political dynamics. The digital working class marks a fourth stage in the modern history of Chinese class politics, when China has become the world's factory with immense labor power and increasing social inequality, when the content of Chinese working-class culture has become more diverse and impactful than ever as could be seen in the Fan Yusu phenomenon in spring 2017, all happening at a time when the results of China's internal processes become more consequential for the world at large. What are the characteristics of China's digital working class? How can we make sense of it, through what conceptual frameworks? This talk shall discuss the applicability of the "circuits of labor" model (Qiu, Gregg and Crawford, 2014), its premises, limits and implications for future research.

Organizers: Think China & NIAS

28 April 2017: Professor Lora Saalman

ChinaTalks Lecture Series: China and Russia: Assessing Strategic Convergence


The annexation of the Crimean Peninsula by Russia and the re-appropriation of territory in the South China Sea by China are often attributed with fostering a new security dynamic in Europe and Asia. Russia has sought to accelerate its own ‘pivot to Asia’ (Поворот к Азии) and to deepen its evolving engagement with China. China’s own territorial concerns have also triggered its own ‘peripheral diplomacy’ (周边外交) and reprioritization of its relations with its neighbours. Based on SIPRI’s 2017 workshop and report ‘China–Russia Relations and Regional Dynamics: From Pivots to Peripheral Diplomacy’, Dr. Lora Saalman will explore case studies connected with each country’s territorial interests in Ukraine and the South China Sea, as well as their interaction vis-à-vis the United States. In doing so, she will focus on two arenas of increasing Russian and Chinese convergence, namely cyberspace and nuclear deterrence.

Organizers: ThinkChina & Center for Military Studies