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The Fight for China’s Future: Civil Society Vs the Party

The Fight for China's Future


Dr Willy Lam (Adjunct Professor, Centre for China Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Date: 20 November 2019Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 20 November 2019Time: 6:30 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B103

Type of Event: Talk


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. Through exclusive interviews with activists from different provinces, it analyzes the experiences and aspirations of key stakeholders in Chinese society, especially intellectuals, human rights attorneys and the underground Christian church. Providing an examination of recent global trends in relation to CCP policies, including China’s confrontation with the U.S., it also goes on to explore the possible trajectories of future change. Featuring an assessment of Xi Jinping’s hard-authoritarian leadership and the opportunities this has given civil-society groups to promote the rule of law, media freedom and other global norms, this book talk will be invaluable to students of Chinese politics, society and culture.


Willy Wo-Lap Lam is Adjunct Professor at the Center for China Studies, the Department of History, and the Master’s Program in Global Political Economy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. He is the author of Chinese Politics in the Hu Jintao Era (M.E. Sharpe, 2006), Chinese Politics in the Era of Xi Jinping (Routledge, 2015), and the editor of Routledge Handbook of the Chinese Communist Party (2018). Dr Lam’s research focuses on Chinese elite politics, political and economic reform, the civil society, and foreign policy.


This event is open to the public and free to attend, however registration is required.

Chair: Professor Steve Tsang (Director, SOAS China Institute)

Organiser: SOAS China Institute

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