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Forthcoming Events

The China Institute coordinates activities at SOAS, University of London that relate to the study of China.  The events bring together academic staff and students with diverse interests and backgrounds.

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  • The Fight for China’s Future: Civil Society Vs the Party
  • Dr Willy Lam (Adjunct Professor, Centre for China Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong)
  • The Fight for China’s Future throws light on the quintessence of 21st century Chinese politics through the prism of the struggle between the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and China’s vibrant intelligentsia and civil society. This book talk examines Xi Jinping’s 24-hour, multidimensional, AI-enabled police-state apparatus and explores the CCP’s policy towards civil society. 

  • China-Africa and an Economic Transformation - Book discussion
  • Dr Arkebe Oqubay (Editor of the book/SOAS Alum), Prof Carlos Oya (SOAS) and Prof Stephen Chan (SOAS)
  • Authored by leading scholars on Africa, China and China-Africa relations, the book brings together stimulating and thought-provoking perspectives and deeper analysis.


  • Area Studies and the Urgent Need for Global Intercultural Dialogue
  • Geir Helgesen (SOAS Centre of Korean Studies/Fudan Development Institute, Shanghai), Chunrong Liu (Fudan Development Institute, Shanghai and NIAS, Copenhagen University), Rachel Harrison (SOAS)
  • In this roundtable discussion we propose that, given the precarious and fragile state of the world, it is essential for Area Studies to play a more important role.