SOAS University of London

SOAS China Institute

How Xi Jinping is Changing China and the World

Rowan Callick

Date: 25 June 2018Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 25 June 2018Time: 6:30 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B211

Type of Event: Talk

This event is free and no registration is necessary. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.   


Transfixed by Trump, people in Western countries have turned with relief to the solidity they see in Xi Jinping. Few, however, have followed in any detail the enormous transformation Xi has wrought in China, turning first party then state and increasingly the broader population, into followers of the emerging new personality cult. He is now seeking to entrench his legitimacy as unchallengeable ruler for the next decade or more, by leading the People's Republic into international leadership, with its governance becoming a global model.


Rowan Callick grew up in England, graduating with BA Honours from Exeter University. He worked for a daily newspaper in the North-east before moving to Papua New Guinea, becoming general manager of a local publishing, printing and retail group. After 10 years in PNG, he moved to Australia, working for The Australian Financial Review for 20 years, including 4 years as China Correspondent, based in Hong Kong. He joined The Australian at the start of 2006, as China Correspondent. After three years in Beijing, he became The Australian's Asia-Pacific Editor and then returned to Beijing as China Correspondent, from March 2016 to April 2018.

He has been a member of Australia's National Advisory Council on Aid Policy, of the Australia Indonesia Institute board, of the Foreign Minister's Foreign Affairs Council, and of the advisory councils of Melbourne University’s Asian Law Centre and of La Trobe University’s China Studies Centre. He has authored Comrades & Capitalists: Hong Kong Since the Handover, Channar: A Landmark Venture In Iron Ore, and The Party Forever: Inside China’s Modern Elite. All three have been published in both English and Chinese. He has won the Graham Perkin Award for Australian Journalist of the Year, and two Walkley Awards, for coverage of Hong Kong in 1997 and of China in 2007. He was appointed in 2013 as a fellow of the Australian Institute of International Affairs. He was awarded the OBE in 2015 for services to journalism and journalist training in Papua New Guinea. 

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