Call for participants

The 6th Global China Dialogue (GCD VI)

Governance for World Peace

Date and time: Friday, 6th December 2019

  • 8:30-17:00, The Dialogue, The British Academy (10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH)
  • 18:30-21:30, Reception, The UK Parliament (by invitation only)

The GCDs were conceived in 2014 as a series of seven annual events that would ideally culminate in proposals for the reform of global governance.

The sixth GCD (GCD VI) will be held in London on the 6th December 2019, and will be the last of the series to take place in the UK. It has brought you about 30 speakers consists of academics, professionals, practitioners and officials, and more than 100 participants from China, Jordan, Nigeria, France, Germany, Denmark and the UK. The theme of the Dialogue will be Governance for World Peace. It will highlight crucial settings for the international cooperation that is required for reform to take place, based on the resolution of long-standing conflicts.

Keeping to the format of previous GCDs, GCD VI will have four panel sessions in one day, allowing short presentations and ample time for Q & A. Each session will have a balanced panel of one or two Chinese and two or three participants from the rest of the world. The GCD VI panels include:  

  • Mediation and peace-making in civil conflicts
  • Belt and Road and tension reduction between countries and cultures
  • China's role in multilateral peacekeeping
  • Civilizational values and the promotion of peace

Each presentation or discussion clearly involves a very different scenario, and each will conform to the Chinese ‘red line’: no interference in the internal affairs of another country. However, any reform of global governance inevitably calls for understanding of the internal affairs of other countries. This conundrum will be at the heart of the debates in the GCDs. 

The theme of the seventh GCD (GCD VII) is Reforming Global Governance. It will be co-organised with the Institute of Global Common Development, Tsinghua University, and will take place in Beijing in October 2020. 

Organizers

  • Global China Institute, UK
  • Centre for Applied Linguistics, University College London, UK
  • China Media Centre of the University of Westminster, UK

Languages: English and Chinese

Programme

8:30-9:00             Registration

9:00-10:10           Opening session
Chair: Professor Martin Albrow FAcSS, Honorary President of Global China Institute; Honorary Vice- President of the British Sociological Association, UK

9:00-9:20              Greetings (5 minutes each):

  • Minister MA Hui, the Chinese Embassy to the UK
  • Professor Lord Anthony Giddens, former Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK

9:20-10:00          Keynote speeches (20 minutes each):

  • The case for human security, Professor Mary Kaldor, Director of the Conflict and Civil Society Research Unit, Department of International Development, LSE
  • Community of shared future for mankind: the road towards world peace, Professor XIE Lizhong, Director of Centre for Social Theory Studies, Peking University; Former Vice-President of Chinese Sociological Association, China; Chinese President of Global China Institute

10:00-10:05 Certificate presentation

  • Presenting letter of appointment (Chinese President)

10:05-10:10         Group photo

10:10-11:30         Panel I Mediation and peace-making in civil conflicts
Chair and discussant: Dr Hakan Seckinelgin, Associate Professor, Department of Social Policy, LSE; Editor in Chief of Journal of Civil Society
Speakers (10 minutes each):

  • Peacemaking and justice-seeking: competing or complementary goals? Dr Iavor Rangelov, Assistant Professorial Research Fellow at the Conflict and Civil Society Research Unit in the Department of International Development, LSE; Chairman of the Executive Board of the Humanitarian Law Centre in Belgrade and Co-Chair of the London Transitional Justice Network
  • Society building: peacemaking with Chinese characteristics, Professor LI Junfu, Deputy Head of Department of Sociology, School of Social Sciences, Beijing University of Technology, China; Visiting Fellow at University of Oxford
  • How the dominance of guanxi on WeChat inhibits and constrain China’s contentious politics? Dr Yan Wu, Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication Studies, Swansea University; Dr Matthew Wall is an Associate Professor in Political Science in Department of Political and Cultural Studies Swansea University
  • Civic protests and the risks of declaring something a ‘security’ issue, Dr Olaf Corry, Assistant Professor at Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Discussion, Q&A

11:30-11:45         Coffee/tea break

11:45-12:55         Panel II Belt and Road and tension reduction between countries and cultures
Chair and discussant: Mrs Patricia Walker Allmond, Non-Executive President of International Association of Cultural & Creative Industries (IACCI), UK
Speakers (8 minutes each):

  • Language diversity, ethnic identity, and nation building: approach in the Himalayas, Dr Nathan W. Hill, Senior Lecturer, Former Head of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, SOAS, University of London
  • Prospects and challenges: the Belt and Road Initiative’s influence on countries along the southwestern boundaries and Taiwan, Professor Guo Dan, Former Director of Institute of Political Science, Sichuan Academy of Social Sciences. Deputy General Secretary, Chinese Association of Political Science, China
  • Saving the Hindu Kush – Himalayas, Mr Harish Kohli, Founder of the Asian Geographic Trust and Founder and CEO of Awimaway.com; author of Across the Frozen Himalaya
  • Can Confucian ethics help in the elimination of global unilateralism, extremism and terrorism based on a comparison between countries and regions with and without influence from Confucius ethics? Professor XU Baofeng, School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU), Project Director of “Chinese Culture and Translation Studies Support Network” (CCTSS), BLCU, China
  • One Belt, One Road, One (warming) World: climate change knowledge and the future of long-distance infrastructure developments, Dr Martin Mills, Senior Lecturer in Anthropology, University of Aberdeen; Chairman of Aberdeen Chinese Studies Group; Director of the Scottish Centre for Himalayan Research

Discussion, Q&A

12:55-13:55         Lunch

14:00-15:10         Panel III China's role in multilateral peacekeeping
Chair and discussant: Professor Peter Schröder, Department of History and UCL European & International Social & Political Studies, University College London
Speakers (10 minutes each):

  • China to the rescue? Its role in international peacekeeping and peace-making, Professor Hanns Maull, Senior Distinguished Fellow, German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Germany
  • China’s role in maintaining world peacekeeping and stability, Dr Hassan Abdullah Al-Dajah, Associate Professor, Department of Media and Strategic Studies, Al-Hussein Bin Talal University, Jordan
  • China as a realist pacificist: the strategic role of the People’s Liberation Army in the context of China’s militarisation and peaceful rise strategy from (2001-2019), Ms Sophie Wushuang Yi, PhD student, The Lau China Institute, King’s College London, UK
  • Protecting Overseas Rights and Interests: The changing face of Chinese participation to multilateral operations at sea, Dr Alessio Patalano, Reader, Director of the Asian Security & Warfare Research Group, Department of War Studies, King’s College London

Discussion, Q&A

15:10-15:25         Coffee/tea break

15:25-16:20         Panel IV Civilizational values and the promotion of peace
Chair and discussant: Professor Hanns Maull, Senior Distinguished Fellow, German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Germany
Speakers (8 minutes each):

  • The other as hope, fear, challenge or opportunity: images of China in early modern perceptions, Professor Peter Schröder, Department of History and UCL European & International Social & Political Studies, University College London
  • Traditional Chinese culture and its contemporary relevance for the maintenance and achievement of peace, Dr Qing Cao, Associate Professor, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Durham University, UK
  • Confucius' thought on ethnic relations and its significance to world peace, Dr HUAN Pingqing, Associate Professor in Sociology, School of Sociology and Population Studies, Renmin University of China
  • Fei Xiaotong's View on Civilization and Peace and Its Influence: An analysis based on the Corpus of "Fei Xiaotong's Complete Works" (20 volumes), Professor Xiangqun Chang, President of Global China Institute; Honorary Professor of University College London
  • Chinese Perspectives on Ecological Civilization and Relevance in Sustainability for Peace, Dr Joël Ruet, Chairman, The Bridge Tank, France

Discussion, Q&A

16:20-17:00         Closing session
Chair: Professor Martin Albrow FAcSS, Honorary President of Global China Institute; Honorary Vice- President of the British Sociological Association

A brief report - Global Century Press (10 minutes):

Mrs Ingrid Cranfield, Deputy Director of Global China Institute; President of Global Century Press, UK

Closing remarks (15 minutes each):

  • China approach to global peace, the exploration of the Communist Party of China, Professor ZHAO Kejin, Deputy Dean of School of Social Sciences; Deputy Dean of the Institute for Global Common Development, Tsinghua University, China
  • What will China be like as a great power: causes for optimism, Professor Martin Jacques, Senior Fellow at the Department of Politics and International, University of Cambridge, UK; Visiting Professor at Fudan University, China

18:30-21:30         Reception (by invitation only), at the House of Commons, UK Parliament
Chair: Professor Hugo de Burgh, Director of China Media Centre, University of Westminster, UK
Speeches (5 minutes each):

  • Dame Sue Owen DCB
  • Dr YU Hongjun, Vice-Chairman of the Chinese People's Association for Peace and Disarmament (CPAPD); Senior Specialist of Academy of Contemporary World and China Studies; Senior Consultant of the Beijing Belt & Road Cooperative Community (BRCC); Former Vice-Minister of the International Liaison Department of the CPC, China
  • Professor LI Wei FAcSS, FRSA Director of Centre for Applied Linguistics, University College London
  • Professor Xiangqun Chang FRSA, President of Global China Institute; Honorary Professor of University College London 

Organizing Committee

Chairs

  • Professor Martin Albrow FAcSS, Honorary President of Global China Institute; Honorary Vice- President of the British Sociological Association, UK
  • Professor Xiangqun Chang FRSA, President of Global China Institute; Honorary Professor of UCL, UK
  • Professor Hugo de Burgh, Director of China Media Centre, University of Westminster, UK

General Secretary

Mr Philip Hao, Vice-General Secretary, Global China Institute; President of YES Global; CEO of Learning without Borders, UVIC Group, UK

Members (in alphabetical order)

  • Mr Chris Henson, Membership Secretary, Society for Anglo-Chinese Understanding, UK
  • Professor Martin Jacques, Senior Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge, UK; Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, China
  • Professor LI Qiang, Executive Director of Institute for Global Common Development, Tsinghua University, China; former President of Chinese Sociological Association, China; Chinese Honorary President of Global China Institute, UK
  • Professor Wei Li FAcSS, FRSA Director of Centre for Applied Linguistics, University College London, UK
  • Professor Tony McEnery FAcSS, FRSA, Director of the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS) and Distinguished Professor of English Language and Linguistics at Lancaster University, UK
  • Professor XIE Lizhong, Director of Research Centre for Social Theory, Peking University, China; Chinese President of Global China Institute
  • Professor ZHANG Xiaodong, Director of Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Nanjing University of Finance & Economics; ECO of Agile Think Tank, China; Vice-President of Global China Institute

Supporters (in alphabetical order)

  • Beijing Belt & Road Cooperative Community (BRCC)
  • CCPN Global, UK
  • Centre for European Reform, UK
  • China–Europa Forum, France
  • China Society for Anthropology of Arts, China
  • Chopsticks Club, UK
  • ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science, UK
  • Global Century Press, UK
  • Journal of China in Comparative Perspective, UK
  • London Confucius Institute (LCI), UK
  • Research Centre for Social Theory, Peking University, China
  • Research Centre for Studies of Sociological Theory and Methods, Renmin University of China
  • Society for Anglo–Chinese Understanding (SACU), UK
  • The British Postgraduate Network for Chinese Studies (BPCS), UK
  • The Meridian Society, UK

Sponsors

  • Agile Think Tank, China
  • Hengyuanxiang Group, China
  • Learning without Borders
  • UVIC Group, UK
  • Chinese Culture Translation and Studies Support Network (CCTSS)

Publications: The Global China Dialogue Series is the only international event in the world that publishes its proceedings in English and Chinese separately, and with a DOI number for each set of speech notes in both editions.  

Registration (Deadline for registration: 25th November 2019)

          o    5 tickets each for organizers, supporters and sponsors (please specify which you represent)

          o    Volunteers who provide substantial assistance to organizing and running the GCD VI (e.g. English-Chinese translation and interpretation, videography, photography, audio recording, follow-up transcription, paperwork, accompanying speakers, registration, etc. Please specify what assistance you are providing)

  • UK:

          o    £180: without evening Reception https://ecommerce.global- china.org/shop/event-registration-180/

          o    £280: with evening Reception https://ecommerce.global-china.org/shop/event-registration-280/

  • International:  Click HERE

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Contact:Dr Belinda Wu dialogue@global-china.org

Website: http://dialogue.global-china.org/ 

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