SOAS University of London

SOAS China Institute

Engaging with China: A View from the Neighbourhood

John Key
Sir John Key, GNZM, AC (Former Prime Minister of New Zealand)

Date: 7 September 2017Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 7 September 2017Time: 8:00 PM

Venue: Senate House Room: Senate House Alumni Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Inaugural Lecture


The transformation of China in the last few decades is having a significant impact not only on its people but on the world.  This is felt in particular in the region in which China is located.  The Chinese Government’s commitment to rise peacefully is one which its neighbours watch with great interest.  New Zealand has built up a strong relationship with China and has proactively engaged with it as it transforms itself from a command economy into one which attracts more foreign direct investment than nearly everyone else.  In this lecture I shall draw upon experience of engaging with China when I served in the government of New Zealand to share insights and lessons learnt from engaging with China.    


Sir John Key, GNZM, AC, served as Prime Minister of New Zealand from 2008 to 2016.  He entered the New Zealand Parliament in 2002, became leader of the Opposition in November 2006 when he took on the role as Leader of the National Party.  He was educated at the University of Canterbury.  As a three-term Prime Minister Sir John steered New Zealand through the turbulence of the global financial crisis, supported TPP and led New Zealand in its engagement with China. 

Organiser: SOAS China Institute

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