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Tuesday 11/05/2021 - 16:00-18:00
Thursday 13/05/2021 - 16:00-18:00
Tuesday 18/05/2021 - 16:00-18:00
Thursday 20/05/2021 - 16:00-18:00
Tuesday 25/05/2021 - 16:00-18:00
Tuesday 01/06/2021 - 16:00-18:00
Despite its spectacular rise as a global superpower over the last four decades, China remains a “black box” to outsiders. As a result, there are many misconceptions about the country’s domestic policies and international ambitions that have a direct impact on the ways we engage Chinese state and business actors.
This short programme aims at addressing this substantial knowledge gap by equipping participants with essential and applicable knowledge on Chinese politics, business, political economy and international relations. It is an introduction to “how China works” designed to cater to the needs of multiple audiences of professionals.
Lecture 1: Is the Chinese Communist Party Communist at all? The Party’s history and development
The first lecture will explore the nature of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) by focusing on the key stages of its development from a revolutionary organization in the 1920s, to a technocratic developmental regime in the 1980s. We will cover important historical events, including the Chinese Civil War, the Cultural Revolution and Deng Xiaoping’s rise to power.
Lecture 2: Who is ‘calling the shots’? Party, State and Policy Making
The second lecture offers a detailed introduction to the system of governance that the CCP has developed since the economic reforms of the early 1980s. The subthemes to be explored include the institutional relations between Party and State, the power and autonomy of local governments and the policy making process.
Lecture 3: How capitalism saved the Chinese communists? An overview of economic reform
The third lecture will concentrate on China’s economic model and analyse its most important characteristics, ‘Chinese’ or not. We will concentrate on the pragmatic and gradual introduction of economic reforms by Deng Xiaoping and his successors, an approach that has also defined the content and success of reform. In addition, we will analyse the other side of the Chinese miracle, growing inequality, corruption and environmental degradation, that create bottlenecks to future growth.
Lecture 4: The ‘black box’ of State capitalism: State-Owned Enterprises
This lecture will examine the most opaque institutions in the Chinese economy, the State-Owned Enterprises. We will analyse their institutional relations with the State and their considerable degree of autonomy in making business decisions. During the lecture, we will concentrate on specific cases of SOEs to examine their role in China’s economic development.
Lecture 5: Reaching the Chinese Consumer: Mission impossible?
Lecture 5 will assess the ways the Chinese market is structured and the avenues available for reaching the Chinese consumer. By using different case studies, we will identify failed and successful strategies for collaborating with Chinese partners and generating demand for new products.
Lecture 6: What is (and isn’t) the Belt and Road Initiative
Lecture 6 will unpack the Belt and Road Initiative as a platform for the promotion of Chinese economic and strategic interests. In many ways, the BRI embodies the characteristics of the Chinese state and economy as examined in the previous sessions of this module, so its examination will allow for a reflection and discussion of the BRI as China’s contribution to global capitalism.
The programme is organized in six two-hour long sessions. Each session consists of a lecture and a seminar.
The lecture will cover the key aspects of the topic and during the seminar participants will engage with case-studies and group exercises designed to enhance their learning and skills. Participants will also be encouraged to reflect and discuss their experiences in dealing with Chinese counterparts.
Who Should Attend
The programme is ideal for professional seeking to expand relations with China:
Konstantinos Tsimonis is a Lecturer in Chinese Society at the Lau China Institute, King’s College London. He has a PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies where he also taught courses on Chinese, East Asian and comparative politics.
His articles have appeared in the Journal of Youth Studies, Modern China and the Chinese Journal of International Politics, among others. His upcoming monograph titled "The Chinese Communist Youth League: Juniority and Responsiveness in a Party Youth Organization" will be published by Amsterdam University Press. Konstantinos is currently working on a British Academy funded research project on China’s “Balkan Corridor”.